Goat Observations: Herding Loose Goats

All photos by David Ashwanden Animal attention When interacting with any animal it is important to develop a certain kind of presence, or focus; and goats are no exception. Having also worked with chickens, dogs, donkeys, horses, pigs, rabbits and sheep I have noticed that the same techniques are necessary to deal with all; although all are different as well. In many ways the only way that you can develop […]

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A Permaculture Garden Inside San Quentin State Prison (California, USA)

I thought PermacultureNews readers might be inspired by some of the work Planting Justice and the Insight Garden Program are doing in our prison system to teach permaculture ethics and practices. Here is a video about a recent project at San Quentin State Prison, CA. The Planting Justice team worked with Beth Waitkus and the Insight Garden Program to build four raised beds on the grounds of the H-Unit at […]

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A Horse Education at Zaytuna Farm

The author with Star Photos: Erik Klockemann Ever since the rise of the combustion engine, horses have had less and less utility on the modern farm. Anything a horse can do, a tractor, car or ATV can do and many will argue that they can do it faster and better. So the existence of the horse in our modern world has mostly dwindled to a romantic symbol. Now horses are […]

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How to Talk to a Climate Change Denier

The contest is joined. On one side there is the near-unanimous conclusion of thousands of active climate scientists throughout the world: the global climate is changing and human technology is the primary cause. From the other side we are told that “climate change” is at worst a “hoax” or at least a normal and natural phenomenon not significantly affected by human activity. This position is endorsed by right-wing media, almost […]

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Arctic Sea Ice Freefall is Mirror Image of Carbon Dioxide Ascent

by Emily E. Adams, Earth Policy Institute The amount of Arctic sea ice has plummeted in recent decades — a bold manifestation of the rise in temperature resulting from the rapid increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. After staying below 300 parts per million (ppm) for some 800,000 years, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere skyrocketed as humans started burning more and more fossil fuels. In 2013, […]

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Twitter Storm for Steve Marsh – Friday, 24 January, 2014

Editor’s Note: Dear Readers, please support Steve Marsh. If Steve wins his upcoming courtroom battle it could set a legal precedent with wonderful consequences. I dream of the day where any farmer who wishes to grow GMOs will be required to protect their neighbour’s crops from contamination by doing so under a giant plexiglass dome…. I am writing to ask you all to join us in a Twitter storm organised […]

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The Deep Green Alternative – Debating Strategies of Transition

by Samuel Alexander and Jonathan Rutherford, Simplicity institute report 14a, 2014 Introduction Evidence continues to mount that industrial civilisation, driven by a destructive and insatiable growth imperative, is chronically unsustainable, as well as being grossly unjust. The global economy is in ecological overshoot, currently consuming resources and emitting waste at rates the planet cannot possibly sustain (Global Footprint Network 2013). Peak oil is but the most prominent example of a […]

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Harriet Nakabaale’s Camp Green (Uganda)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdzb64I023E Kampala (the capital of Uganda) is a city where overcrowding seems to suffocate many neighborhoods and where nothing seems to grow. This is also home to a passionate mother of two who dedicates her life to transforming her community with her green practices. With only a lot of 15 meters by 9 meters, this is probably one of the smallest farms in the world, but that hasn’t stopped her […]

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Grow Heathrow: Growing Inspiration

The recently publicised findings of the Davies Commission Report (1) have put airport expansion in the UK into the media spotlight once more. Plans to expand either of the two main London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, have been spoken of for some years now (2); and there is at least one group of people who do not entirely agree with the plans. Grow Heathrow was established as part of Transition […]

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Congenital Hypothyroidism and Fukushima Fallout in the US

Plume of airborne radioactive iodine arrival in the US correlates with increased rates of congenital hypothyroidism among the new born. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A new study finds congenital hypothyroidism in the US rising 28% in the two and a half months after the arrival of the Fukushima fallout of radioactive iodine (I-131) [1]. Researchers and authors Joe Mangano and Janette Sherman from the Radiation and Public Health Project [2] […]

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Bullied by Oil Giant TransCanada

Meet Meghan Hammond, a sixth-generation Nebraskan farmer threatened by TransCanada. In an effort to save their land from a huge oil pipeline her community banned together to build a source of sustainable energy right in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. These Nebraskans made a statement, but they need more hands and hearts on their side.

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Addicted to Comfort

Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chainstores. by George Monbiot The question has changed a little since Rousseau’s day, but the mystery remains(1). Why, when most of us now possess greater freedom than almost any preceding generation has enjoyed – freedom from tyranny, freedom from slavery, freedom from hunger – do we act as if we don’t? I’m prompted to ask by the discovery that the most […]

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