a small story (about a local diversity of the concept of biodiversity)

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An anthropological environmentalist asked some kids -as part of her eco-education programme on biodiversity- to list the species under threat of extinction in their local region, and to find out why they might… Continue reading

drawing a model of an environment

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When I conceptualise an environment I am influenced by a number of things. One of these relates to one of my main styles of sketching and doodling (Fig 2,3,4,5,6) which developed out of a… Continue reading

Up side down planning and priorities

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I am just reading the project design and surrounding document for GAFSP (the global agriculture and food security program) in Sierra Leone  http://www.gafspfund.org/content/sierra-leone. The projects specific job in Sierra Leone is ‘$50 million… Continue reading

Can the World charge the US government with Espionage? Lawyer please.

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A map A man This is not simply an ‘anthropologically centred’ piece but springs from this unmissable interview: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-why A down-to-earth investigator Caspar Bowdem quoting US legalities and how the UK government is… Continue reading

Innovative, Productive, Independent Agriculture replaced: ‘Leave us alone!’

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An interesting insight into communication channels surrounding investment in food security. Documents of particular interest are the following scientists ignored concerns and the preliminary environmental and social impact assessment which are referred to multiple times… Continue reading

A question of alienationship?

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One of the questions I am seeking to answer is ‘how do people relate to their environments’?

Assimilation of the subjective ‘others’ knowledge by ‘actualising’ it into our own objective knowledge; health and eating

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“healthy eating is good for the ecology. The building blocks of a healthy diet are pesticide-free foods raised on mineral-rich soil, and healthy animals that live free to manure the paddocks of thousands… Continue reading

Hayden – what happens when Science Studies dual ‘notion’ of knowledge is put into ‘practice’

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Take an old axiom of science studies: “knowledge represents both nature and the political and social interests of the people and institutions that are wrapped therein” e.g. what we know -knowledge- is what we… Continue reading

A Green Revolution from Below

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What is technology? Some people answer in terms of artefacts. For them, technology comprises tools, machines, processes. In the Technology and Agrarian Development group (TAD) we would answer differently. Technology is technique. It is knowing how… Continue reading

Net Loss: How We Continually Forget What the Oceans Really Used to Be Like

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The phenomenon of shifting baselines means that each generation fails to realize how much worse the oceans are getting The supertrawlers, with their onboard fish-processing centers, have made it possible for us to… Continue reading

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