Nov
30
2015
Mel Bastier

How about learning how to make a natural heirloom for a special occasion? Wicker baby cradle

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Posted Nov 30 2015 by Mel Bastier of Out to Learn Willow
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We have plenty of basketmaking courses where you can learn to make useful and beautiful things out of wicker. You’ll need a bit of practice before you can make something like this, but who knows, if you get to this level, you can maybe think about making a career out of it. Read more …

Nov
29
2015
Dave Darby

Review: Julius Nyerere’s ‘Ujamaa’, why a beautiful idea went wrong and how it can be adapted for the 21st century

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Posted Nov 29 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is a book that I discovered in my twenties, and it impressed me so much that I ended up making my way to Tanzania in 1991, and staying for a couple of months on two ujamaa villages. Ujamaa means ‘familyhood’, a concept that Nyerere wanted to extend to encompass the whole of humanity, Read more …

Nov
28
2015
Linda Kaucher

How TTIP fits perfectly with the Deregulation Act, which can overrule all other laws if they affect growth or corporate interests

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Posted Nov 28 2015 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk
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The Deregulation Bill, proposed by Tory privatiser Oliver Letwin, slipped into law at the end of the last Parliament. It can change all other law, according to criteria of ‘growth’ ie business interests. It fits perfectly with the EU’s deregulatory agenda, and that of TTIP and the other new ‘trade’ agreements, which have largely come out of the City of London via the UK government  anyway. Read more …

Nov
27
2015
Simon Fairlie

Microdairies: making them as successful as micro-breweries

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Posted Nov 27 2015 by Simon Fairlie of The Land Magazine
Is eating meat ethical? And what about dairy?

A conference on the benefits of small-scale commercial dairy farms of up to 40 cows or the equivalent of sheep or goats. How to establish them and how to promote the concept. For practising and prospective dairy farmers and others with a professional interest in the future of the British dairy industry. Read more …

Nov
26
2015
Nigel Akehurst

Where do you stand on raw milk? Interview with ‘raw’ dairy farmer

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Posted Nov 26 2015 by Nigel Akehurst of IndieFarmer
Raw milk farmer Steve Hook - a.k.a The Moo Man!

If milk is going to be transported long distances and hanging about a lot rather than being sold locally and drunk quickly, there’s a strong argument for pasteurising it. But there is a growing number of people who are arguing that locally-produced milk doesn’t have to be. Read more …

Nov
25
2015
Dave Darby

What do you think about about this video by Rob Newman, and what does that say about you?

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Posted Nov 25 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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This is ‘the History of Oil’ by comedian Rob Newman. You might have seen it already, but if not, have a look – it’s very funny, as well as spot-on. He mentions the Radio 4 news item – that there was ‘an American plan to bring democracy to the Middle East’, and marvels at the level of naivety Read more …

Nov
24
2015
Robin Wood

How to make a new axe handle

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Posted Nov 24 2015 by Robin Wood of Robin Wood Woodware
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First, wood selection. The perfect wood is nice straight grain ash fairly fast grown, if it gets more than 6-8 rings per inch it is much more brittle, 4-6 rings per inch is perfect. Read more …

Nov
23
2015
Dave Darby

Well done for fighting food waste, Hugh; but let’s take it a step further

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Posted Nov 23 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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Have you seen any of the TV programmes about food waste, hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? He’s trying to highlight the amount of food that gets wasted in the UK – which is truly phenomenal, and a ridiculous waste of land, money, energy and time. Read more …

Nov
22
2015
Dave Darby

Join the people who are fighting back against corporate control of global food production

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Posted Nov 22 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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There’s something seriously wrong with the way most of our food is produced and sold. The corporate sector is gaining control of more and more of global food production, shifting the focus from nutrition, flavour and nature towards profit and profit only. Read more …

Nov
21
2015
Robin Wood

How to fit a new axe handle

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Posted Nov 21 2015 by Robin Wood of Robin Wood Woodware
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This blog post shows how to fit a new axe handle, it could be a new store bought handle or one you made yourself – more on this soon. Read more …

Nov
20
2015
Dave Darby

Beware the ‘sharing’ economy – back door for a more rapacious form of capitalism

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Posted Nov 20 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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Something that’s been troubling me for a while. The ‘sharing’ economy must be a good thing, right? I’ve been trying to see the good in it for a while. Sharing anything must mean that fewer resources are used, less waste produced, people get to know each other in their communities. All sounds great, doesn’t it? Read more …

Nov
19
2015
Dave Darby

Free event in Oxfordshire this Sunday using game theory to explore Trident and the potential for nuclear conflict

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Posted Nov 19 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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An experimental day looking at aspects of game theory in parallel with discussions around the replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent. Read more …

Nov
18
2015
Dave Darby

TPP is not secret any more; we can now see the text of the deal, and it’s worse than we thought

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Posted Nov 18 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (deal similar to TTIP, but for Pacific Rim countries) has been agreed. However, there are some US politicians who are already calling for it to be re-negotiated, because big pharmaceutical corporations don’t think they get enough. Read more …

Nov
17
2015
Dave Darby

The Yamagishi Association: successful, moneyless, leaderless network of communes in Japan and elsewhere

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Posted Nov 17 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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In the 1990s I visited the headquarters of the Yamagishi Association in Mie-ken in Japan. It’s a federation of intentional communities that is still going strong – but even then it comprised 3000 people in 30 villages all over Japan Read more …

Nov
16
2015
Dave Darby

How much do you know about TTIP? Take the quiz

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Posted Nov 16 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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Here is a quiz developed by the wonderful Transnational Institute to test your knowledge of TTIP. Read more …

Nov
15
2015
Dave Darby

Should the international response to mass killings be the same, regardless of where they take place?

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Posted Nov 15 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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I’m guessing that most people’s answer to this question is a resounding ‘yes’. There are no countries, surely, whose citizens are more important than the citizens of any other country? Read more …

Nov
14
2015
Dave Darby

There are plans to water down the Freedom of Information Act; here’s what you can do

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Posted Nov 14 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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In the great state/corporate battle against you, the latest round is an attempt to water down the Freedom of Information Act (other major assaults are TTIP and the Global Redesign Initiative). This is the act that brought you the MPs’ expenses scandal, and the fact that the UK government worked with chemical corporations to block the EU ban on pesticides that kill bees. Read more …

Nov
13
2015
Nigel Berman

Do you know which of these wild berries you can eat?

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Posted Nov 13 2015 by Nigel Berman of School of the Wild

At Our Edible Landscape, the most recent School of the Wild event, facilitator Milly set us the Wild Berry Challenge, so we’re putting the challenge to you. Identify the berries below, and decide if you’d eat them. Read more …

Nov
12
2015
Dave Darby

Condensed: Paul Mason’s ‘Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future’

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Posted Nov 12 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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Paul Mason has a book out called Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, and below is a video of a recent public debate at St. Paul’s Cathedral, featuring Mason talking about his book with Ann Pettifor and Phillip Blond. Read more …

Nov
11
2015
Dave Darby

How Charlie and Meg’s self-built, natural home finally received planning permission with the help of the One Planet Council

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Posted Nov 11 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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You may remember a previous article about Charlie and Meg’s natural home in Pembrokeshire, that the planners decided needed to be bulldozed because it was ‘harmful to the rural character of the locality’. See here. Read more …

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