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The Land Issue 6 Winter 2008 (Reprint)

Three Cheers for the Recession
It’s what advocates of a zero growth economy have been waiting for
Posture Politics and Colonial Fallout in Zimbabwe
Mark Brown assesses Robert Mugabe’s reputation and legacy
Life After Land Reform
Ian Scoones examines the effects of redistribution of land in one area of Zimbabwe
Reconstructing Serbia
Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan visit occupied factories in Serbia
Before It’s Lost
A sketch of rural Serbia, by Rob MacCurrach
International Land Struggles
Syngenta in Brazil, Chinese in Africa, divisions among exiled Tibetans etc
An Ecosystem at Your Service
Sian Sullivan explains the thinking behind "ecosystem services"
Managing Atmospheric Commons
Oliver Tickell compares different schemes for allocating carbon emissions
Over Our Heads
Who owns the weather, asks Sophie Andrews, and what are they doing with it?
Land Reform for the Sea
Alastair McIntosh and David Thomson speak up for small scale fisheries
The Fat of the Land
Sanderine Nonhebel’s work on the veg-oil/meat nexus is explored by Simon Fairlie
Slow Evolution is Co-Evolution
The second half of Edward Lloyd’s essay on transhumanism.
Parkinson’s Disease
Simon Fairlie finds Parkinson’s Law popping up all over the place
After the Crash
Rebecca Laughton rediscovers John Seymour’s novel about rural life after oil
Farmers of Forty Centuries
Ian Cook reviews FH King’s clssic work on SE Asian farming methods
Many Logs to Make a Blaze
Alastair McIntosh on the significance of kindling wood
Fair Trade Housing
The Office of Fair Trading’s new report on housing is enthusiastic about self-build
Could Be Cheaper?
We compare some affordable housing projects
Urban Dentistry
Gaps in the city skyline
LID: Getting the Policy Right
Part of Chapter 7’s submission to the Welsh affordable housing consultation
Wise and Smart
Shelter Publications’ new book on Pacific Coast Building
A Touch of Class
A wee book on benders by Laugh
The Book of Benders
Preview of an as yet unwritten work
Hard Times
Why the recession should improve planners’ performance
Appeal and Planning Decisions
Babergh, Lammas, Brithdir Mawr etc; and the worst appeal decision ever?
Two Cowboys and a White Knight
Vindictive behaviour by Mid Devon DC

The Land Issue 5 Summer 2008 (Reprint)

Basic Banalities
Who is responsible for blanding England?
New Wine in Old Green Bottles
Will recycling the New Towns concept make them greener?
And Now for Something Completely the Same
Jim Paton dusts off some archives.
Return to Mother India
Jyoti Fernandes finds that the Gandhian movement in India is down, but not out.
The Transhuman Agenda
Edward Lloyd reminds us what lies at the end of the techno-capitalist project.
Stockfree Britain
Jennie Hall describes how a vegan countryside might be structured.
Corrections and Feedback to "Can Britain Feed Itself"
Default Livestock Farming
How meat and livestock can fit into a sustainable farming weigh carbon emission savings.
The Plight of the Pig in the Nanny State
Despite the swill ban, the cottagers pig will return reckons Simon Fairlie
The Kiss of DEFRA
The vet posse swoop on a tactless pig-keeper
The Rehabilitation of Manual Labour
Simon Fairlie examines the prejudice against physical work
Energy, Equity and the Bicycle
Excerpts from Ivan Illich's treatise on transport.
Kicking the Pink Diesel Habit
Rebecca Laughton on farming with muscle power.
The Nature of Manual Skill
There’s more to it than some might think, says Simon Fairlie.
Small Farmers’ Journal
By any standards a fine magazine
The Cuban Ox Revival
Roberto Sanchez Medina on the use of animal power during Cuba’s “special period”
Polish Horsepower, Peasants and Politics
Horsepower is viable for many Polish farmers, says Julian Rose
Horse Carts Banned in Romania
Julian Ross calls for the repeal of a dismally short-sighted law
The Two Cultures Behind Government Energy Policy
Two documents, two contrasting policies
The Planning Bill
The continuing story of the neo-liberal bid to undermine the public inquiry system
Boulot, Dodo but No Metro
A glance at government and developers approaches to live/work
Skewed Towards Demolition
Will the drive for zero-carbon buildings increase the destruction of old ones?
We Can’t Build Our Way Out
Andrew George MP has interesting proposals for solving the affordable housing crisis
Yesterday’s Tomorrow
Stephen E Hunt compares the proposed Barratt’s ecovilage with the Garden City suburbs
Transitional Therapy
Sophie Andrews has mixed reactions to the Transition Handbook
Up and Running Again
Jyoti Fernandes and Sophie Andrews watch two communities re-invent themselves
English Planning Disease Spreads to France
The French start to crack down on yurts and shacks
A Place in the Country
Where "open countryside" is a 24 acre fast-food factory
An Exemplary Appeal Decision
Smallholders and Group Projects
Selected decisions

The Land Issue 4 Winter 2007 (Reprinted)

The Rising Cost of Housing . . . and of Land
A Letter
from Kevin Cahill author of Who Owns the World
Papers for Paupers
Robert Home and Hilary Lim assess whether land-titling will lift squatters and settlers from poverty
Why Poor People are Evicted
A swift round-the-world survey
The Ministry of Housing Crisis
The French respond to rising house prices in the spirit of 1968
Has Anyone Seen My Planet?
asks Geonomist
The FAO’s Long Shadow
The claim that livestock cause 18% of global warming is exaggerated, says Simon Fairlie
Out of the Frying Pan
A Nobel prize-winner claims that N2O emissions from biofuel outweigh carbon emission savings
A View from the South
Some observations from Third World Resurgence on the spread of biofuels
Can Britain Feed Itself?
And can we feed ourselves with organic agriculture?. Simon Fairlie investigates
Can Organic Agriculture Feed the World?
What direction should the organic movement take if it can’t?
Cashing in on Organics
Christina Ballinger examines whether the organic boom is benefiting small farmers
Grumbles from the Grassroots
Jyoti Fernandes raises questions about organic certification: Francis Blake responds
The Richness of Nature
Dave Bangs visits a rewilded farm which doubles up as a playground for the wealthy.
Imperial Takeover
Mark Brown, Rebecca Laughton and Sean Furey explain how Wye College was asset-stripped.
The Scandal of Agricultural Tied Dwellings
Why is this loophole for speculators allowed to continue?
Write Your Own Low Impact Policy
Chapter 7’s submission to W Dorset local development framework.
A Home for LID in Wales
Is there a place for low impact policies in Welsh planning guidance? asks Mark Dyson
The Car and the Countryside
James Shorten on why rural living is regarded as unsustainable.
Mr Urbs and Mr Rus
Which is more sustainable, the town or the country? It depends who you are and what you want.
Two Cheers for Sherford
Tim Gorringe thinks planners have got some things right with a new town near Plymouth
Affordable Housing Policy Relaxed
Are there changes in the rural exception site policy?
Small is Visionary
The German planning system favours green self-builders, report Brian and Sibylle Rushbridge
Three examples of the planning system victimizing aging smallholders; Sustainability Brings Victory for Keveral Farm and Land Matters;Five woodland homes deemed to conform to the “Country House Policy”; Whither Policy 52? Three applications have been made under Pembs Low Impact Policy, and three have been refused.
Book Reviews
How to Live Off Grid by Nick Rosen, reviewed by Tony Wrench; Ecovillage: New Frontiers for Sustainability by Jonathan Dawson, reviewed by Molly Scott Cato; Natural Building by Tom Woolley

The Land 3 Spring 2007

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Rioting for Austerity
No false messiahs, thank-you, but a voice crying in the wilderness might be helpful.
Very Angry Potatoes
If GM is spreading all around the world, all the more reason for keeping the UK GM free.
The Barker Review of Planning
The Treasury economist carries on gnawing away at democracy.
The Right-wing Campaign against the Planning System
The Land Is Ours distances itself from neo-liberals.
Nice Facts, Pity about the Ideas
Review of Kevin Cahill’s Who Owns the World.
Apocalypse Soon?
A review of the latest books from James Lovelock and George Monbiot.
Power Cut
Predictions of panic when the lights go out.
Anarchy in New York
HV Morton’s classic article on the New York black-out.
Taking to the hills; and on-farm bio-fuel production.
The Future of the Intercity Coach
Alan Storkey explains how coaches could be made quick, efficient and comfy.
Pirate's Paradise
Larry Law’s account of a pirate’s republic in Madagascar.
The Rise and Fall of Ruskin Commonwealth
John Egerton tells the story of a 19th century Utopian fiasco.
Chartist Land Colonies
Chris Coates explains the failure of Feargus O’Connor’s ambitious land settlement scheme.
Tony Gosling uncovers plans for a 1990s eco-settlement.
La Borie Noble
Rebecca Laughton visits a fifty-year-old community in France.
Jenny Pickerell and Larch Maxey outline the careful preparations for a new settlement in S Wales.
Urban Clearance
Different approaches to “regenerating” terraced housing in Liverpool and Salford
Housing Monitor
REITS; EDMOs; and Titnore Woods.
Land Access
Fordhall Farm; Register of Surplus Land.
How to influence your Local Plan
Lucy Nichol explains the new development plans and how to have input.
Planning policies for super-sustainability, proposed by the Cohousing Network.
The new government policy for housing promotes greenfield development by the back door.
Rural Baron builds Industrial Estate
Former CLA President Ewen Cameron benefits from CLA-inspired policies.
How I became a Travelling Planner
Simon Ruston, caravan dweller, describes his education in planning.
Not fit for Website Forum
The ministry refused to accept this submission from Tony Thompson on traveller site design.
Climate Change Planning Statement
Tough on buildings but ignores traffic.
Holiday Home Sophistry
New model conditions rule that holiday caravans are only for people with another home.
Hermit’s Corner; John van Loggerenberg on shacks;Argyll planners want to evict at least 20 families, and turn local residences into holiday homes; batty arguments about a reader’s barn.

The Land Issue 2 Summer 2006

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The Land Issue 1 Spring 2006 (Reprint)

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