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JD Lara – 9 Things Newbie Homesteaders Just Don’t Think About

The “back-to-the-land” movement continues to grow in America, and if you’re one of those who’ve made the big leap from city to country, or are planning to do so soon, here are a few things you’ll want to remember. The more knowledgeable and prepared you are, the easier the adjustment will be. 1. Get ready for some big culture shock. …

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Timothy Wise – Africa Still in the Crosshairs as Land Grabs Intensify

On October 12, the government of Mozambique quietly announced that it would close its Agriculture Promotion Centre (CEPAGRI), the agency created in 2006 to promote large-scale foreign investment in the country’s agricultural sector. In a terse statement, government spokesman Mouzinho Saide gave no reason for the closure, saying only that its functions would be subsumed under a different agency in …

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The Infectious Myth – They is my pronoun – 11.01.16

There is a transgender bathroom war in the USA, and a transgender pronoun war in Canada. Some transgender or non-binary people do not want to be referred to as ‘he’ or ‘she’ and others refuse to use alternatives, such as ‘they’. This head butting is centered at the University of Toronto, in Canada. David talks with Lee Airton, who has a blog, http://theyismypronoun.com, that discusses why they have chosen ‘they’. While some people have taken rigid, opposing extremes on this issue, it does appear that there is a middle ground.

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Christina Sarich – REVOLUTIONARY PRISON SYSTEM TEACHES ORGANIC FARMING TO FIGHT RECIDIVISM

Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia’s prison system fights recidivism with butternut squash. While over-incarceration does nothing to make America safer, at least one state is working to make sure that inmates learn a skill that has been proven to keep them from returning to prison – organic farming. Even the setting of the small prison farm is an odd juxtaposition to the …