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We need to completely close down industrial animal agriculture

Dave Darby of | 16-Aug-2020 | 14

Industrial agriculture is cruel to animals, cruel to people who work in it, it damages the environment and concentrates wealth in very few hands. I guess if you’re reading this, you know that already, and I don’t have to explain it. The problem is, it’s still there, doing its vile stuff every day. What do… Continue reading We need to completely close down industrial animal agriculture Read more

Is eating meat ethical or sustainable? Interview with Simon Fairlie, author of ‘Meat: A Benign Extravagance’

We are sometimes approached by people asking why we provide information on vegetarianism, veganism and keeping animals. Isn’t that a bit incongruous? We don’t think it is Read more

Does the sustainability of meat production depend on the size of a holding and the number of animals kept on it?

Dave Darby of | 03-Dec-2017 | 84

I want to investigate at what size meat production becomes unsustainable (in terms of acreage, number of animals etc.) – i.e. whether it can be sustainable at all, and if so, whether there’s an upper limit, above which it can’t be sustainable Read more

Is it ethical to eat meat, or to keep animals for meat or dairy?

Dave Darby of | 15-Oct-2017 | 289

This is a very important question for us here at, because we have courses, books, magazines, links etc on keeping animals and on game. We also have vegetarianism and veganism as topics – because we recognise the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Read more

How the study of animal behaviour (ethology) can help you keep livestock more ethically and sustainably

Lesley Anderson of | 12-Sep-2017 | 1

I want to talk about something which can help us design more ethical and sustainable ways of keeping our livestock. It is a subject that has always fascinated me and, if you keep animals, I think you will find it fascinating too. It is the is the study the behaviour of animals, particularly in their… Continue reading How the study of animal behaviour (ethology) can help you keep livestock more ethically and sustainably Read more

Slug control with ducks!

Lesley Anderson of | 22-Aug-2017 | 5

“You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency” – Bill Mollison Read more

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification rather than farmers who use toxic chemicals?

It’s always more expensive to do the right thing isn’t it? Like taking the train instead of driving or flying, or buying recycled products, organic food or natural building materials. If you want to do the environmentally-friendly or socially-just thing, it’s going to cost you more money. That can’t be right, can it? Read more

Viable self-sufficiency

Back 40 years ago in 1976, John Seymour’s most famous work –The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – was published. It was billed as for dreamers and realists which was pretty accurate. Read more

Win a copy of our partner Sally Morgan’s great new book, ‘Living on One Acre or Less’

Dave Darby of | 04-Feb-2016 | 1

This is a new book by our partner Sally Morgan of Empire Farm. It’s a comprehensive guide to starting and running your own micro-smallholding. Read more

Why does our list of topics include vegetarianism, veganism AND keeping animals?

Dave Darby of | 06-Sep-2015 | 8

Isn’t that a bit inconsistent? If we think that vegetarianism or veganism is a good idea, how can we also think that keeping animals – most of which are kept for meat – is a good idea too? Read more

There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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