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Forget Westminster: real green change is local

Mark Anslow

19th August, 2009

It's one of the most encouraging reports of the year, and the mainstream media totally ignored it. Think what you like about town hall politics: there's power in them there councils more...
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The New Renaissance

Julian Rose

28th July, 2009

When it comes to solving global problems, we need local solutions, change in every area of life and a 'people's movement' for self-governance...
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Money Matters

Money Matters by David Boyle

Andrea Kayne

27th July, 2009

This easy-to-understand guide demystifies the economic system and explains how the 'eco' can be put back into 'economics' more...
Post Office in decline

Can communities save the post office?

Steve Shaw

13th July, 2009

Scaled-back, out-sourced or privatised, there's no doubt that the Post Office - the hub of many rural communities - is in a sorry state. Is there a way that local communities can band together to preserve local facilities? more...
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A global land-grab

Martin Large & Neil Ravenscroft

16th March, 2009

Wealthy countries and agribusiness want farmland, poorer countries need capital – but what happens to the locals? By Martin Large and Neil Ravenscroft more...
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Sustaining communities

Phil Moore

1st October, 2008

With the global credit crunch grabbing all the headlines, issues concerning economies on a lesser scale are easily sidelined. more...
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Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon

Clive Dennis

1st May, 2008

Growing your own would be vital if the shops shut for good. Steve Solomon has the key to a persistent vegetable state more...
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Can man live on wild food alone? A one year experiment in self-sustenance…

Fergus Drennan

1st April, 2008

Is it possible to live off foraged food alone? Fergus Drennan thinks so and aims to prove it. In the first of his monthly columns he explains why, from April 1 st, he will be eating nothing but wild food – for an entire year...
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Grow your own

Tim Lang

1st April, 2008

The World Bank’s 2008 World Development Report makes a grim prediction of what is to come: more...
Investigations

Whole Foods failure

Chris Milton

1st March, 2008

Only a few years ago, stories about Whole Foods Market became famous for their poetic quality, as journalists waxed lyrical about how the fresh, organic fruit in their stores was proof that you could be a successful business while remaining environmentally friendly. Last year, however, sustained questioning by consumers and regulators alike saw the shine come off the company’s glossy image. more...
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Farming despair

Raj Patel

1st November, 2007

As the bluetongue virus sinks its teeth into British livestock, there is one appalling certainty: like the outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease and foot-and-mouth before it, some farmers will see no way out, and take their own lives. Farmers in Britain are the profession second most likely to commit suicide (after, bizarrely, dentistry). more...
Green Living

The slacker's guide to eating well

Ecologist

10th September, 2007

We can all eat well with a little thought and effort. Here's how... more...

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Small and local saves the rainforest

News

19th July, 2007

Small, local initiatives are the best way to preserve tropical rainforests but are being ignored by governments, a new study has shown. more...
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Sustainble Communities Bill edges closer to becoming law

News

22nd June, 2007

The Sustainable Communities Bill - the landmark legislation tabled by MP Nick Hurd which promises to be an enabling act for local communities - has passed its third reading in the House of Commons. more...
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Tesco calls for the word 'local' to be redefined

News

3rd April, 2007

Tesco, under pressure from the Competition Commission's inquiry into its share of the UK supermarket sector, has called for a redefinition of the term 'local'. more...
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The Sustainable Communities Bill: is this the most significant piece of legislation this decade?

Mark Anslow

29th March, 2007

Has your local pub closed down? Is your high street turning into a drab strip of chain stores? Has Tesco boarded up your post-office and turned in into an 'express' store? If so, then you need to know about the Sustainable Communities Bill. Mark Anslow asks if this is the most important piece of legislation since Labour came to power more...
Bolgs and Comments

Cassandra

John Papworth

1st February, 2007

Don’t wait for Dave or Tony to give you a hug. If you are dissatisfied with your leaders, take control of your own more...
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SIGN UP TO A LOCAL PRODUCE BOX SCHEME TODAY

The Ecologist Green Pages

1st February, 2006

AND START TO EXPERIENCE THE SEASONS THROUGH THE FOOD YOU EAT... more...
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The trouble with organics

Joanna Blythman

17th June, 2005

Organic food is not necessarily the automatic choice for the ethical consumer more...
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Permanent Global Summertime

Joanna Blythman

1st September, 2004

As the supermarket doors glide open there they are – cosmetically perfect, irresistibly firm, brilliantly coloured fruit and vegetables. And yet, when you get them home, they taste of nothing. Is it the way you cooked them, or have you just selected badly? No, you’ve been conned. more...
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Globalisation use it or lose it?

George, Helena,

1st September, 2004

In the past 50 years the global economy has grown by over 500 per cent... the richest fifth of the world now earn 86 per cent of global income… the poorest fifth earn just 1.3 per cent… life expectancy in the world’s most ‘developed’ countries is 79 years… in the least ‘developed’ it is still just 42… we consume 22 million tonnes of oil every day… chop down 1 per cent of the world’s forests every year… and have killed 90 per cent of the world’s big fish. Has the time come to give up on globalisation? more...
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Ecologist questionnaire: how much do you know about where you live?

The Ecologist

1st May, 2004

‘If we could think locally, we would take far better care of things than we do now. The right local questions and answers will be the right global ones. The Amish question, "What will this do for our community?" tends toward the right answer for the world.’ Wendell Berry more...
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Killa Cola

Keith Hyams

1st April, 2004

I’m sitting opposite the large Coca-Cola bottling plant next to the village of Plachimada in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Plachimada is a farming village of about 800 families, many of them tribal. The ugly factory looks rather out of place in such a beautiful setting, the Western Ghats mountains clearly visible in the distance. more...
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Adopt a veg

Alexandra Abrahams

1st October, 2003

Have you ever heard of – let alone tasted – the Rats Tail radish, the Crookneck squash or the Prince of Prussia pea? We report on what’s being done to save Britain’s rich agricultural heritage.

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Nasty, Brutish & Short

Sally Fallon

1st July, 2003

In the 1930s US dentist Weston Price travelled the world to study the diets of ‘primitive’ peoples. He found a startling lack of disease and proof that a system of environmentally-friendly local food production is the best way to ensure human health.
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