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The Land Issue 26

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Night of the Long Spoons
Supping with devils after the Brexit election.
Quality Not Quantity
Should we cover the UK in trees?
Do Not Go Naked Into That Deep Space
The Duke of Marlborough Goes Green • Cisco Brings 5G to Somerset • Boris Rages Against Blight
“Yay Science!” • Synthetic Cadavers • Rewilding on the Rocks? • Pigeon Puzzles
Radical Intransigence
Mike Hannis explores activists’ disagreements about sex and gender.
Trump Country
John Gaventa reports optimistically from the Appalachian boondocks.
Foxfire Revisited
A fount of knowledge from the backwoods.
The Invisible Footprint of Digital Technology
Ditch your smart phone, says Paul Mobbs.
Liquid Assets
Simon Fairlie looks at the use of water in a land without oil.
The Methane Mistake
Too many scientists are slow to admit their calculations have been wrong.
Irish Stew
Adam Payne considers the future of beef in Ireland.
Salvaging The Sheepwreck
Sheep and trees can coexist in the uplands argues Federico Filippi.
Tangled Threads: a miscellany edited by Gill Barron and Simon Fairlie.
Wear the Landscape
Rebecca Burgess is spreading the word about bioregional textile production.
Fibreshed Comes to Britain
Emma Hague takes up the fibreshed baton in the UK.
Scaling Up
Rebecca Burgess examines what it might take to revive local textile industries.
A Landworker’s Guide to Wool
The fibre that nature evolved to keep mammals warm and dry.
A Loom of One’s Own
Harris Tweed is still going strong, as Gill Barron discovers.
When This Old Hat Was New
First English workers lost their land, then they lost their loom . . .
King Cotton and Enclosure
. . . and The Ecologist recounts how the rest of the world lost theirs.
All Clad in Rustic Fustian
Tudor peasants’ sturdy workwear was fit for all weathers.
Grow Hemp or Else!
John Michell’s potted history of this versatile weed.
Hemp and the Home Office
Patrick Gillett wonders why he had to destroy 40 acres of hemp.
Flax: from Field to Fabric
Linen is a crop you can both wear and eat.
Grow Your Own, Sew Your Own
John-Paul Flintoff tries to make his own clothes from nettles.
Forever Leather
Jane Robertson describes making ethical leather at home.
Life Without Leather
First they came for the fur, now it’s the leather, next target wool?
From Manure to Haute Couture
Creating new eco-fibres from waste is an iffy business.
Reclaiming the Rag Trade
Former rag&bone lady Gill Barron charts the rise of recycling.
People Who Wash Too Much
Gill Barron spills the dirt on detergents.
Land for the Many
Simon Fairlie on a report for the Labour Party which tackles the politics of land.
More Tribulations for Trespassers.
The Blue Meanies are at it again.
Bristol’s Catch 22
The city’s new policy for van-dwellers puts enforcement before provision.
Compound Disinterest
Brian Vesey Fitzgerald describes the ethnic cleansing of the New Forest.
High Words, Low Deeds
Tom Greeves has a low opinion of the people who run Dartmoor National Park.

The Land Issue 25

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Democracy at Work
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Live and Let Dive
Perceptions of Insecurity • Forest Dwellers Face Eviction • ‘Vacant, Fallow and Virgin’• Rebel Yell Over Heathrow • Black is White, Wood Pellets are Green • Frackers Fear Anarchy - and Turn to Cycling • Rewilder Reaches for the Sky • Tenant Farmers Win Right to Stay • Frackers Fear Anarchy - and Turn to Cycling • Rewilder Reaches for the Sky • Tenant Farmers Win Right to Stay • Rewilder Reaches for the Sky • Tenant Farmers Win Right to Stay
End of the Month, End of the World.
Simon Fairlie heads for France to meet some Gilets Jaunes.
The Luddite Wing of the Gilets Jaunes.
A Message from Farmers to the Gilets Jaunes.
A Driverless Ride to Ecological Disaster?
Celia Izoard is not impressed by autonomous cars.
Making Connections at the GPO
Miriam Turley visits a protest against gold mining in Northern Ireland.
The Rights of Nature.
Tom Brenan reports on a global movement promoting creative legal thinking.
Nets Against Nature.
Miles King bemoans financially-minded conservation.
Much Maligned Mustelids.
Alexis Self muses on why weasels and stoats have such a bad reputation.
Nature and the Enclosure of the Imagination.
Michael Dunwell celebrates the legacy of Karl Polanyi.
Largest Enclosure For 300 Years.
Julia Aglionby explains how the MoD grabbed 10,000 acres of Cumbria.
Land and the Housing Crisis.
Robin Howell has a plan to make housing affordable again.
London Crawling.
Phoebe Weston has reservations about the idea of a National Park City.
Seed Sovereignty in the UK.
Katie Hastings explains the importance of preserving crop diversity.
Has Britain Fed Itself?
Paul Lovatt Smith goes in search of lessons from history.
Meat on Trial: Default Hunting.
Federico Filippi makes the case for eating ‘pests’.
So Who Does Own England?
Mike Hannis reviews Guy Shrubsole's survey of land ownership in England.
The Corned Beef Barons.
An exclusive extract from Guy Shrubsole’s book 'Who Owns England?'.
A Tale of Two Landowners.
A protest sparks rumours of confusion on the moors.
Be True to Your Roots.
Simon Fairlie reviews a curious satirical text.
Jenny Hall and others respond to issue 24’s articles on veganism and land use.
Brithdir Mawr - the First 25 Years.
Ben Mathers looks back – and forward to the future.
Cramped or Snug?
Planners have contrasting attitudes to small dwellings.
Saved By the Bell.
Simon Fairlie reflects on apparent success.
A Late Bloomer.
Jackie Ivimy admires the determination of the late Margaret Rigby.

The Land Issue 24

Power Where It's Needed
Bring Me My Bow
Another World Is Possible
MoD Brings Back Enclosure • Fishing in Murky Waters • Hitting the Brakes on Ex /Terminator Gene Drives • Raising the Bog Standards • Green Welly Brigade Warned Off in Wales • Who’s Still backing Fracking? • Fracking Threatens Aboriginal Land Rights • Myanmar: ‘Too Many Consultants’ • Island-Grabbing in Indonesia
Section Editor SIMON FAIRLIE
Opening Statements.
A Letter to the Editors.
Why Go Vegan?
William Gildea of the Vegan Society makes the case.
The Swineherd’s Knife and the Tiger’s Claw.
Where the Wild Things Went.
Gill Barron looks into the origins of domestication.
Eating the Platter Clean.
A Convenient Untruth: How Livestock Have Been Slandered by Sloppy Science.
Why a Herd of Cows is Like a Closed Power Station.
Michelle Cain explains.
Waning Cats and Dogs.
Gill Barron queries the eco-footprint of keeping pets.
An Encore for the Horse.
Perhaps work is more fun than idleness, suggests Gill Barron.
Fixing the Whole. Do “leaks” matter?
Section Editor SIMON FAIRLIE
Zero Carbon Britain.
Peter Harper explains in an interview how it could happen.
Grass for Gas or Grass for Cows?
Can biomethane and dairy co-exist?
Pulling Up the Grass Roots.
What if a dairy smallholding turned vegan?
Alternative Food: Resigning from Nature.
Dietary fearmongering leads to strange scenarios.
When No-One Eats Anyone Else
Gill Barron tiptoes into a post-vegan vision of paradise.
Wild in the Weald.
What’s happening on the Knepp Estate in Sussex?
Part of the Mosaic.
Marion Reed and Phil Wilson on lowland rewilding.
Size Matters.
Rewilding Britain’s new Welsh project is on a grand scale.
The Jungle Underfoot.
Micro-critters matter as much as megafauna, argues Gill Barron.
Beavers Return to Our Waters.
Hugh Warwick reviews Eager by Ben Goldfarb.
The Wildness Delusion.
Gavin Saunders asks where people fit into the rewilding proposal.
Invisible Land Comes Into View.
Tom Kenny on land reform developments.
What Does LVT Bring to the Party?
Gavin Kerr on where Britain’s politicians stand on Land Value Tax.
Something to Grouse About.
Are the Moors in the wrong hands, asks Guy Shrubsole.
Holes in the Map.
Anna Powell-Smith knows how to track down unregistered land.
Of Cages and Hedges.
Chris Smaje asks what Chinese urbanisation has meant for peasants
The Biggest Privatisation?
Anna Powell-Smith reviews The New Enclosure by Brett Christophers.
Feedback on Issue 23: HS2, The Woodland Trust and Street Trees.
A Good Year for The Ecological Land Co-operative
One Planet Successes • Sweat Equity • Beyond Yurts • Class Q Fallback • Where Have All the Appeals Gone?

The Land Issue 23

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Net Profits
Purveyors of Ugliness
Crazy Paving
Peasants’ Rights Denied • Geoengineering in the USA • Whose Wind is it Anyway? • Profiting from Disaster • An Englishman’s Second Home • Beasts From The East
May 1968 in the Countryside.
Simon Fairlie recalls French history, and finds it echoed in the present day.
Groundhog Day for the Cumbrian Ostrich.
Mike Hannis asks who will end up with Britain’s nuclear waste.
Progress Without People.
Dave King questions the left’s acceptance of automation.
Bedazzled by Energy Efficiency.
Kris de Decker makes a plea for sufficiency.
The Romans Have Left Britain.
S M Parsons observes a classic peri-urban community regeneration drama.
A Many-Hatted Man.
Pioneer of the coppicing revival Walter Lloyd, remembered by Gill Barron.
This Burning Business.
Olly Craigan asks why we burn African charcoal instead of home-grown.
Chop and Change.
Pete Ditchfield poses some questions to the Woodland Trust.
Treebogs at Trollheim.
The Church of England installs eco-loos in churchyards.
Nuts to the National Forest.
HS2 gives the lie to Government tree-planting promises, says Gill Barron.
Town Trees on Trial.
Hazel Greenwood finds trees being undervalued in Sheffield.
How Many People Own the UK?
Guy Shrubsole, Anna Powell-Smith and Robin Grey try to find out.
Colours in the Landscape.
Nick Hayes traces how empire and the slave trade shaped rural England.
Land Reform Myths Revisited.
Ian Scoones looks at the impact of land reform upon the wider rural economy.
Land Reform in Zimbabwe: a Personal Account.
Nelson Mudzingwa adds historical and personal context.
Reclaiming the Means of Construction
Tom Chance explains Community-led Housing.
The Single Plot.
Policies allowing one-off dwellings on village edges are a step in the right direction.
DIY Planning Handbook.
The indispensable guide returns in a new fully updated edition.
Cases and Policy News
Horse-logger wins in Herefordshire.
Dartmoor Capitulates.
The Hillyfield appeal result marks a rare victory in the National Park.

The Land Issue 22

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A Tale of Two Cities
‘Public Goods’ Mean Private Benefits
Running Out of Space
• A Little Light at the Land Registry • People Power in Peterborough • Granville Still Cooking • Happy Estovers • Grim Times for farmers in India • Killed by Cops for Failing Paperwork • Planned Obsolescence? • Duelling Golfers • Tummy Ache for Tesco • Sisters to Plant a Billion Trees
Root & Branch
A graphic history of the land reform movement by Nick Hayes
Reclaiming the Commons
Guy Shrubsole interviews George Monbiot.
Lessons from Scotland
England’s next steps towards land reform, from Andy Wightman.
Into the Woods
Marion Shoard has a proposal for expanding the Right to Roam.
Campaigns & Campaigners
A selection of activists describe their aims and achievements.
Land Value Capture
Tom Kenny sounds out the experts on uplift.
The Land Business
Robin Grey interviews Christopher Price of the CLA.
The Human Hive
Chris Smaje goes into the past and future of Agrarian economies.
Mining the Desert
Mike Hannis & Sian Sullivan report on unsustainable extraction in southen Africa.
Section Editor Gill Barron
Bunking off from Babylon
How addiction to screens leads to Nature Deficit Disorder.
Love Over Fear
A school in Sussex goes back to the Bronze Age.
Branches of Learning
Where do Forest Schools go from here?
Champion Campers
How 20th century youth movements got the kids off the streets.
Feel-Good Farming?
From Care Farms to prisons, landwork works wonders.
In Better Heart
Agricultural college curricula have turned a corner, writes James Bentley.
Just Horsin’ Around
The real-world benefits of EATing.
Return of The Shepherd
Simon Fairlie studies herding schools in France.
Really Wild
Wolves in the Pyrenees show the drawbacks of rewilding.
Mob Grazing
A guide to the latest fashion in grassland management.
Section Editor Simon Fairlie
Is Grass-Fed Guilt-Free?
Tara Garnett’s new report on livestock’s methane emissions.
Beyond the Pale
A cautionary tale about fences, as reported by Gill Barron.
Pig Swill Wars
Less waste food is being wasted, thanks to an upscaled campaign.
Petition of the Pigs in Parliament
Robin Grey presents a singalong with the woodland swine.
Bailiffs in Balaclavas
How Bristol Council outsources squatter evictions, by Tony Gosling.
Enforcement News
Green Belt Decision / Scottish Huts / Letter
Case Notes
including Class Q rights, Dartmoor news, and a new guide for woodland workers.

The Land Issue 21

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“Despair is Not an Option.”
A Fate Worse Than Trump.
Farm News; ZAD; Land Grabs in Europe; Wave Power; Fossil Capital; Land or Coal
Who Owns England?
Asks Guy Shrubsole, who has some of the answers — and a map.
Land Explorer.
A new, interactive resource for investigating land attributes is heralded by Tom Kenny
Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Guy Shrubsole & Tom Kenny think land data may soon be liberated.
Ask a Stupid Question . . .
Simon Fairlie attributes Brexit to the antidemocratic prejudice that pervadesWestminster.
Safe European Home.
A personal reflection on Brexit by Mike Hannis.
UK Agriculture After Brexit.
Simon Fairlie reports on the various options available.
Cheap Food, Underpaid Labour
Luke Dale-Harris on the British reluctance to do seasonal agricultural work.
Romanian Revival.
Adam Crowe reports on what’s happening to dairy farmers in Transylvania.
The Milk Road.
A French couple cross Asia investigating the culture of milk.
Anarchist Squint.
The Land pays tribute to anarchist anthropologist James C. Scott
The Politics of the Silent Fart.
Simon Fairlie on JC Scott’s “The Weapons of the Weak” .
Two Cheers for the Petty Bourgeoisie.
Their thwarted dreams are the tinder of revolution, claims James C. Scott.
The Art of Not Being Governed – Revisited.
Rod Harbinson on life and struggles in Zomia.
Jihad for Soil and Seed in Palestine.
Juman Simaan speaks out for traditional olive-growers.
Marion Shoard looks afresh at the grey zones between town and country.
Brown Bits Go Green.
The Brownfield Register gives easier access to a neglected landbank.
Squandered Acres.
What has become of Britain’s derelict land and housing? asks Gill Barron.
Farming in the Fringe.
The 40-year history of a pioneering city farm, told by Anita MacCallum.
Underground, Overground.
Mysterious horticultural goings-on in old Paris, unearthed by Gill Barron.
Urban Cowboys.
Liverpool’s city-centre dairy farms are rediscovered in two new books.
Capital Growers.
Could we replace the Horseyculture Belt with something more beneficial?
Bill Hook’s Scrap Yard.
Gill Barron observes the metamorphosis of rubbish.
Limits to Logic.
Chris Smaje peers into an encyclopaedic assemblage of David Fleming’s ideas.
David Spero ‘s photographs record two decades of low-impact dwellings.
Feedback and Letters.
The Tenant’s Choice.
Bob Trafford describes how an old London scandal has sparked a new resistance.
The Profits from Enforcement.
Simon Fairlie pursues the latest news on beds-in-sheds and HMOs.
Planning Appeals.

The Land Issue 20

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The House of Lords and the House of Frauds
PSPOs in the Park
Biogassed are the Cheesemakers; Good Grub(s) for Pigs; Love those Lentils; Higgs Boson Meets Its Match; Burying Biofuels; GM Overview Overdue • Nightmare in November; Scottish Fudge; Yorkley Court Farm — Utopia Bulldozed?
Life on the Borderline
Preview extracts from Threads, Kate Evans’ graphic novel of life in the Calais Jungle.
Passport to Privilege
Theo Simon reflects on a week in the camp at Calais.
Tinker, Vagabond, Journeyman, Tramp
Gill Barron encounters the itinerant population of Early Modern Britain.
The Case of the Vanishing Vagabonds
A lament for the disappearance of tramps.
The Road Goes Ever On
Being of No Fixed Abode in Britain nowadays ain’t easy, as Raina Jones explains.
Elimination by Definition
Sophie Hemery on the Government’s latest attempt to purge the land of Gypsies.
Turf Wars
An alleged epidemic of trespassers may be exaggerated by vested interests, according to Gill Barron.
Born to be Wild
Foraging can help feed people sustainably, says Miles Irving.
Has Foraging Gone Too Far?
A crackdown prompts Daniel Butler to look into the law.
Good King Henry and the Old Fat Hen
Historic weeds make tasty treats.
A Hatful from the Hedgerow
John Wright’s new book leaves nothing out.
A Sea Buckthorn Story
Willow Walker describes her discovery of this feral food from the dunes.
If You Can’t Beat It, Eat It
Japanese knotweed for pudding, anybody?
A Harvest from the Waves
Seacoaling has lessons for foragers, say Gill Barron and Simon Fairlie.
More Borage than Porridge
Simon Fairlie thinks foraging is a load of hogweed.
Adios to the Landed Clergy
How ‘glebe land’ was privatised - soon to be followed by the Land Registry.
The Great Estates of God
Gloria Mundy explains how the Church of England acquired its land.
A Tale of Tithes and Turnips
Gwen Vessey tells the story of an 18th century farming parson.
Charity Begins in Church?
The Church Commissioners’ finances give Gill Barron a headache.
Hunting for the Exit
Chris Smaje finds two conflicting strands in George Monbiot’s latest book.
Sustainability After Development
Mike Hannis rescues a useful principle from a dense thicket.
Ricardo, Rent and Rural Revival
Simon Fairlie connects up the economics of food and housing.
Research, not Gambling
A reader calls for government funding of research into organic productivity.
Cheese Sovereignty
David Asher spurns the corporate involvement in modern cheesemaking.
London’s Growing
Felicia Ruperti has an update on the blossoming of market gardens in the city.
An Act of Folly
Simon Fairlie finds the new Housing and Planning Act heading in the wrong direction (again).
Building Blocks
Community Land Trusts are the answer to unaffordable housing, as Fran Ryan describes.
Perseverance Furthers
Hang in there, is Bill Lloyd’s advice to Travellers up against the planning system.
Planning Update
Three low impact communities up for planning renewal - with mixed results.
Reading Matters
A round-up of virtual reading resources.
Announcements and Events

The Land Issue 19

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That Sinking Feeling
After the climate talks in Paris, carbon capture is the only game in town.
Taking Planning to the Cleaners
The right wing campaign to dismantle the planning system comes to Downing Street.
Farmers Take their Beef to Brussels; Neonicotinoids; Herefordshire County Farm Sell-off; Bovine TB Targets Big Farms; Monsanto on Trial; Boycott Palm Oil; Bioreactor Burgers; Brexit Threatens Farms; Synthetic Biology and Climate Smart Agriculture
Equality in the Countryside
A rural manifesto from The Land and the Land Workers’ Alliance.
The Return of the Pickers
A fruit gleaning project in East London reminds Kathrin Böhm of the days of hop-picking.
Succulent Climbers
Ida Fabrizio persuades vegetable growers and rockclimbers to combine forces at a London castle.
Stepney City Farm
Tim Dickens visits six acres of productive Arcadia in East London.
Ready Steady Farm
Organic Lea is a model for the urban farms that London needs, writes Felicia Ruperti.
Beacon of Hope
Bonnie Hewson describes schemes to assist aspiring growers in Bristol, Manchester and East Anglia.
Demystifying Wheat
Simon Fairlie attends a meeting in London about growing wheat.
Meat Tax
The best way to reduce meat consumption, argues Simon Fairlie, is to tax fossil fuels.
The Sheep’s Existential Crisis
What are sheep for?
Alternatives to Soya Imports
Grow soya in Romania, grow beans in Britain, or feed swill to pigs?
Pig City Paranoia
Simon Fairlie is disdainful of biosecurity regimes on pig farms.
Virtual Enclosure
How to herd cows with a mouse.
Coexistence in Ukraine
Natalia Mamonova explains why peasant farmers aren’t contesting corporate landgrabs.
Buying Up the Breadbasket
Adam Payne describes how Ukraine is being asset stripped by landgrabbers and agribusiness.
Getting the Wind Up
What hope is there for community renewable energy under this government? John Hallé reports.
The Edgeworth Family Trees
Hugh Colvin recounts the history of the legendary avenue of oaks.
Speed to the Plough
Stephen Leslie’s new book on horse-powered farming.
Undermining Ujamaa
After 25 years searching, Dave Darby finds out what killed off Tanzania’s communal village project.
How the Tories are Abolishing Affordable Housing
By stealth and through “starter homes”.
Tackling the Housing Crisis
Building more houses is not the answer, according to three writers from Greenhouse.
Enforcement Champions
The government increases funding for the campaign to get rid of “beds in sheds”.
Do It Yourself New Town
The UK’s largest self-build development is visionary, but exclusive.
Development Control
New planning advice is making retrospective applications riskier.

The Land Issue 18 Summer 2015

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Disproportional Misrepresentation
1215 And All That
Hack the Farm; PSPO, son of ASBO; Mugabe in Scotland; Round-up to be Wound up.
Growers on a Bus to Nowhere.
Maddy Longhurst asks why allotments should be sacrificed to buses.
Yes to Land Reform.
Scotland is prepared for change, and soon, says Craig Bayne.
Dairy Farmers Betrayed.
Simon Fairlie stands up for small milk producers.
Owning the Earth.
Mike Hannis discovers Andro Linklater’s history of how land became private property.
Food is Security.
In Russia, growing your own comes naturally, reports Tony Gosling.
Protests in Poland.
Adam Payne reports on large-scale protests by small-scale farmers.
Tickets to Farm.
How farm tenancies work, explained by George Dunn of the Tenant Farmers Association.
Another Fine Feudal Fiasco.
Gill Barron probes the seamy side of manorial rights.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do.
Angus Hanton makes the case for increasing private ownership of small woodlands.
The Dearth of Grass.
Chris Smaje untangles the connections between cereals, civilisation and colonialism.
Rewilding Humanity?
Jane Robertson tries the Paleo diet for real in the North American mountains.
Undermining Resistance.
NGOs aren’t always good guys, say campaigners Samarendra Das and Miriam Rose.
Of Pomonas and Sylvas.
Roger Creagh-Osborne celebrates local orchards and their cataloguers.
Patrick Whitefield, an Appreciation.
Caroline Aitken appraises a good life well lived.
Roger Martin discusses population with Simon Fairlie.
Reluctant Gamekeepers.
The legal alternative for squatters is cheap and nasty, finds Simon Fairlie.
Dragons’ Den.
How a computer model now decides who can live where.
Cast Adrift.
Bureaucrats have it in for the boat-dwellers on Britain’s canals, as Adam Weymouth reports.
End of the Road?
Simon Ruston details government’s gradual undermining of Gypsy and Traveller lifestyles.
A Glimpse of the Future.
Chapter 7’s DIY Planning Guide is being revamped for the NPPF era.
Who Are the Real Rogues?
Simon Fairlie on "Rogue Landlords" and "Beds in Sheds".
Appeals etc.

The Land issue 17

Change the Record
The general election: some of our best friends are anarchists, but . . .
A Movement of People
Tobacco Road
Farmers For Action in Action; World Bank Grades Countries for Landgrabbers; French Farmers Furious; Only 100 Harvests Left; GM Labelling in Vermont; Monsanto Litigious Again; No More Schnews; Forest Dwellers Fight Dam; IMF in Ukraine.
Towards Ten Billion
An introduction in which The Editors survey the territory.
Vox Pop
Simon Fairlie compares different approaches taken towards the population question.
Spuriously Neutral Mathematics
Population numbers offer no useful pointers to policies, says The Cornerhouse.
Reconciling Differences
There is a place to mention population and a place not to mention it, says Frances Kissling.
We Can Pursue Two Big Issues at the Same Time
Let’s tackle population and consumption, says Jonathan Porritt.
The Consumption Bomb
Fred Pearce argues that it is corporations, not populations, which cause pressure on land.
Out of Sight in the Cities
Is urbanisation a solution for overpopulation, or a way of distancing the problem?
Feeding the Nine Billion
Ed Hamer on the way the population issue is used to promote agribusiness.
Anthropocene Defaunation
We couldn’t find anyone who would write about rewilding a world of 10 billion people.
This Elephant is a Red Herring
Restricting immigration is no solution to overpopulation, writes Mike Hannis.
The Hare and the Tortoise
Simon Fairlie reasons that as the birth rate stabilises, longevity will become the big issue.
Singular Lives
The history of the booming “Childfree” movement is traced by Gill Barron.
Repro, Techno, Bingo
Gill Barron peers into the dark side of ART – Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Small is Dutiful
And finally, yes, we do have a solution to the overpopulation problem.
No Puçaran
We, like sheep, will no longer stray, thanks to microchips.
1000 Cow Factories
Farmers occupy the first French megadairy.
The True Cost of Cheap Milk
Philip Lymbery visits the spiritual home of the cow factory.
Forty Years of Longo Maï
Life begins for the pan-European network of radical farm communities.
Kenya Clearance
Jyoti Fernandes visits the Sengwer who are being forced off their land for a carbon offset scheme.
A Cautionary Tale
Fine rural ideals, pity about the fascist tendencies. Simon Fairlie examines the Distributists.
Green Rising
Fine communist ideals, pity about the urban bias. Simon Fairlie reviews Mitrany’s 'Marx Versus the Peasant'.
What’s the Hitch?
Hitchhiking dead? Not yet, says Adam Weymouth
Fencing the Dyke
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: but Hugh Colvin removes trees from Offa’s Dyke in a Land Rover.
Don’t Even Think About It
Gill Barron reviews George Marshall’s book analysing climate inertia.
Self-Build Vanguards
Self-build local development orders? Nice work if we can get it.
As Pickles tightens the screw, Hounslow wins this years’ award for evicting people.
Second Homes a Human Right?
James Shorten takes the planning minister to task.
Housebuilders Offset Carbon and Orchids
The offset mindset worms its way into the banal world of planning.
Barn Conversion
As we feared – a bonanza for landowners.
Worrying Times for Geese
Another common is being privatised.
One Planet Council
The One Planet movement is gathering momentum.

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