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Biocultural refugia

Originally posted on Shonil Bhagwat:
A modern-day sacred natural site: Sancheti organic farm near Pune, India, on mappingthesacred.org Pune, the small town where I grew up, is now a bustling metropolis of 6 million people. In my visit to the city…

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Putting the culture back in agriculture: Reviving native food and farming traditions

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Reframing the pastoral narrative: Ancient mobile herding strategies to make a comeback in a hotter world

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Fulani boy in Niger herds his family’s animals (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). Mobility to unlock scattered food, feed, water and other scarce and scattered essential resources is a human strategy as old as humankind itself—and one that remains…

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British allotments’ history

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
This video from Britain says about itself: The English Enclosures July 19, 2011 The devastating enclosures of the English commons forced peasants into the labour market and the factories of the industrial revolution.…

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How ‘ecology’ went mainstream

I’d like to honour two famous fakes. Crying Eyes Cody, remembered as the Crying Indian, wasn’t Native American. He was an Italian actor. Chief Seattle really was Native American but he never said the beautiful words quoted as his. They … Continue reading

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Dryland farming

I learned a lot from this article about dryland farming. Since it’s from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) I’m inclined to trust what this article says. But I don’t see a date on the article. It cites 20th century … Continue reading

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Dragons, Devils & Dinosaurs: A Symbiologist’s Guide to St George’s Day

Originally posted on Symbiology:
It’s St George’s Day today; here in England, this is the feast day of our Patron Saint.  We share him with a number of other countries including Moldova, Palestine and (perhaps unsurprisingly) Georgia, but we are…

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Having a beef with the ox and the ass

You might like what my fellow blogger petrel41 at Dear Kitty says about Christmas nativity scenes’ origin. As if the Sceptical Prophet hadn’t debunked Xmas enough, we learn that ‘no donkeys, oxen, cattle or other farmyard friends’ were seen in … Continue reading

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Debunking Xmas

My recent blog posts have been influenced by the ‘festive’ season, as you may have noticed. But as Xmas looms – my least-liked time of year – I recommend what my fellow blogger the Sceptical Prophet wrote: Christmas Has Nothing … Continue reading

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Swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense and myrrh

Myths about the birth of Jesus say that ‘three wise men’ visited him as he lay, ‘wrapped in swaddling clothes,’ in a manger in Bethlehem. The myths say that the wise men gave him ‘gold, frankincense and myrrh’. Swaddling means … Continue reading

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