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Bolgs and Comments

Your chariot awaits

Tom Hodgkinson

19th June, 2009

Giving up your car doesn't mean giving up luxury or freedom- you'll save time, money and discover a more regal existence without one. more...
How to be free

Reasserting our humanity

Tom Hodgkinson

1st April 2009

In writing Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes created a monster: us. By reasserting our humanity we can correct the mistakes of the social scientists, says Tom Hodgkinson more...
Investigations

The Green Market - campaigners using capitalism to change the world

Dan Box

1st February, 2009

Environmentalists have long been suspicious of the free market, but a new generation of campaigners are using capitalism to change the world.
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UK-registered companies connected to controversial Canadian seal cull

Andrew Wasley

12th May 2009

The first blows may be struck on Canadian ice, but it's at the checkout that the coup de grace is delivered. Andrew Wasley explores the UK companies profiting from the trade in seal fur more...
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Struggling for Éire

Molly Scott Cato

11th May, 2009

If it is not to be choked by debt and taxes, Ireland must return to the self-sufficient, localised vision of one of its founding fathers more...
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Life and debt

Molly Scott Cato

23rd April, 2009

This budget season, and so a short perambulation around the vexed question of the national debt seems in order. As a nation we've been living with debt for more the 300 years now, since 1694 to be precise, when Scottish privateer William Paterson persuaded the government of the time that creating £1.2 million of IOUs would get them out of their spending difficulties. more...
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Nature's free for all

Paul Kingsnorth

8th April, 2009

With the worst summer on record decimating his potatoes, onions and other allotment crops, Paul Kingsnorth turns to nature’s abundance in foraged food
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Between you and me...

Tom Hodgkinson

16th March, 2009

No more financial meltdown, poor communication and substandard food – if we ditch the middlemen and get co-operative, what couldn’t we achieve? more...
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Ethiopia. Basket Case or Organic Horn of Plenty?

Robin Maynard

15th February, 2009

Ravaged for decades by famine and war, Ethiopia is trying to eliminate hunger for good with organic farming. Robin Maynard met the man spearheading the campaign more...
Bolgs and Comments

Market Famines

Yves Engler

13th February, 2009

The millions of people in Niger who died during the recent famines, did so because the IMF pressured its government to tax food and the poor simply couldn't afford to save themselves more...
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Don't get back to work

Tom Hodgkinson

12th February, 2009

How to deal with the job crisis? Try saving your soul by retreating as far as possible from the system that landed us all in this sorry mess more...
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Bent Bananas

Joanna Blythman

13th January, 2009

The economies of whole islands in the Caribbean face ruin if the WTO, acting at the behest of US-owned multinationals, forces the EU to end preferential trade agreements with small-scale West Indian banana producers more...

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How to be free: Get disconnected

Tom Hodgkinson

6th June, 2008

The internet once represented something like freedom for Tom Hodgkinson, but the honeymoon ended when the problems of the virtual life became all-too-real more...
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How to be free: bad medicine

Tom Hodgkinson

3rd June, 2008

Bono may be cheerleading for its charitable wing, but corporate America is not waging a war on AIDS for the sake of its health, says Tom Hodgkinson more...
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How to be healthy: Hayfever

Pat Thomas

2nd June, 2008

Around 15 million Britons endure this three-season affliction. Pat Thomas looks at causes, treatments and drug-free tactics. more...
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Trade in precious minerals and timber continues to fuel violence and conflict across the globe

Ecologist

1st June, 2008

Revenues obtained from the often illegal extraction and supply of commodities such as timber and diamonds are directly bankrolling corrupt regimes and armed insurgency groups, and fund the purchase of weapons and other contraband goods that perpetuate cycles of conflict.
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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly

1st April, 2008

Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends. more...
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How to be free: The last untapped resource

Tom Hodgkinson

1st April, 2008

Sometimes it’s good to take a peep at what the enemy is up to. I spent last weekend reading the New York Herald Tribune, and I’ll sometimes look at The Economist. Both these publications are excellent in their way – the Tribune is far superior in writing and information to The Times, for example – but essentially feed the greed of a business-minded readership anxious to figure out what is going on in the world, the better to profit from it. more...
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How to judge the success of a campaign

Tom Hodgkinson

24th October, 2007

The best way to judge the success of a campaign, says Tom Hodgkinson,is to stop yourself thinking in out-dated terms like ‘success’ and ‘failure’ more...
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Mum's gone bin-fishing...

Mel

27th September, 2007

It’s last orders at the bar in a certain vegan pub in a certain British city, and my friend Daisy checks casually, ‘Do you need to get any food in? We could do with a bit of veg…’ more...
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World Carfree Day 2007

Olivia Percival

20th September, 2007

Are you ready to leave the wheels in the drive? more...
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Trees shouldn’t be sold as carbon offsets, says study

News

14th August, 2007

Trees planted in drought-prone or nutrient poor areas don’t store enough carbon dioxide to offset emissions, a new study by Duke University in North Carolina has found. more...
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Campaigners celebrate collapse of trade talks

News

25th June, 2007

Environmental groups have welcomed the collapse of the latest round of Doha trade talks, which fell apart on Friday. more...
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Behind the Eco Labels

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

Ethical consumerism in the UK is currently worth £29.3 billion, yet 60 per cent of us feel we don't have enough information to make an ethical decision. There is an ever-growing array of eco labels, but what do they tell us? Or fail to tell us? Pat Thomas explains more...
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Behind the eco labels: Freedom Food

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

Freedom Food was set up in 1994 by the RSPCA as the first farm-assurance scheme to concentrate primarily on animal welfare. The Freedom Food mark found on eggs, dairy, meat, poultry and salmon products means the animals involved have been reared, handled, transported and slaughtered to standards devised and monitored by the RSPCA. more...

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