The Land Issue 24

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EDITORIALS
 
Power Where It's Needed
 
Bring Me My Bow
 
Another World Is Possible
 
NEWS IN BRIEF
 
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
 
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1. LIVESTOCK ON TRIAL – FOUR CHARGES.
Section Editor SIMON FAIRLIE
 
Opening Statements.
A Letter to the Editors.
 
Why Go Vegan?
William Gildea of the Vegan Society makes the case.
 
CHARGE I: KEEPING LIVESTOCK IS CRUEL.
The Swineherd’s Knife and the Tiger’s Claw.
 
Where the Wild Things Went.
Gill Barron looks into the origins of domestication.
 
CHARGE II: LIVESTOCK ARE INEFFICIENT FOOD PROVIDERS.
Eating the Platter Clean.
 
CHARGE III: LIVESTOCK CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING.
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.
 
CHARGE IV: LIVESTOCK CAUSE POLLUTION.
Fixing the Whole. Do “leaks” matter?
 
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2. ALTERNATIVE USES OF LAND.
Section Editor SIMON FAIRLIE
 
ALTERNATIVE I: LAND TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.
 
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.
 
ALTERNATIVE II: REWILDING.
 
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.
 
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LAND OWNERSHIP
 
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.
 
READERS WRITE.
Feedback on Issue 23: HS2, The Woodland Trust and Street Trees.
 
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CHAPTER 7
 
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?
 
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