Agricultural Hegemony

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Why do farmers’ groups indulge in such ridiculous scaremongering about the restoration of the natural world? by George Monbiot The dam is beginning to crack, faster than I would have believed possible. Britain, one of the world’s most zoophobic nations, is at last considering the return of some of its extinct and charismatic mammal species…. Read more »

Living Soil Saves Lives!

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A non-profit teaches a soil education program to combat the farmer suicide epidemic in rural India. By Tejal Heblekar, and edited by Eileen Mello A few kilometers from the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Orissa, rural farmers have gathered around a microscope to see what lies hidden in the ground. The Hummingbird… Read more »

What’s Missing from this Picture?

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Somehow almost all of us have missed the real story behind the disappearance of our wildlife. by George Monbiot Even before you start reading the devastating State of Nature report, you get an inkling of where the problem lies. It’s illustrated in the opening pages with two dramatic photographs of upland Britain. They are supposed… Read more »

Genetically Modified Crops and Hunger – Another Look at the Evidence

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Genetically modified crops are hailed by their proponents as the basis for a “new green revolution”, and as the key solution to feeding the world in the face of population growth and the exhaustion of new sources of agricultural land. There is a massive volume of research and research literature around genetically modified crops, but… Read more »

A Manifesto for Rewilding the World

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A mass restoration of ecosystems offers us hope where there was little hope before. by George Monbiot Until modern humans arrived, every continent except Antarctica possessed a megafauna. In the Americas, alongside mastodons, mammoths, four-tusked and spiral-tusked elephants, there was a beaver the size of a black bear: eight feet from nose to tail(1). There… Read more »

The Never-Spotted Leopard

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Are repeated sightings of non-existent big cats evidence of a yearning for a wilder life? An extract from Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding, by George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 22nd May 2013. by George Monbiot The setting was unimprovable. Across the fields, Maiden Castle, a turretted fortress of living rock,… Read more »

Bee All or End All

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh It’s score one for the bees. Last week the European Union banned neonicotinoid pesticides for a two-year period beginning early next year. Key findings cited evidence of the role neonics play in destroying bee populations. The ban is specifically for flowering crops as neonics penetrate plants from treated seed through to… Read more »

The Providential Principle

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Amazingly, the UK government has not defined the precautionary principle and appears to have no idea what it is. by George Monbiot Click for larger view Here’s something remarkable I stumbled across while researching my column on Monday, but did not have room to include. I hope you’ll agree that it is worth sharing. I… Read more »

Tackling “Monoculture of the Mind”

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Billionaires forgo iron-rich crops in push for GM bananas in India Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity from our farms and diets. And what survived as spontaneous crops… Read more »

Forests Keep Drylands Working (John D. Liu video)

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John D. Liu of the EEMP, who has partnered with us in spreading the permaculture message, has created yet another excellent documentary — this time focussing on drylands, their past function and their present dysfunction through a broadscale loss of forest cover, and its impact on soil loss and on the hydrological cycle. In this… Read more »

Healthy Planet and the Law of Ecocide – an Interview with Polly Higgins

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The disappearing Amazon rainforest Photo: Cifor Marcin Gerwin: You propose introducing a new international law of ecocide as an amendment to the Rome Statute. Ecocide is defined as “an extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that… Read more »