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Primitive, Sacred Brews Were Drunk Not for Their Flavor, but for Their Psychotropic Effects

This excerpt is from Pascal Baudar’s book The Wildcrafting Brewer: Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Chemicals in America Are Woefully Unregulated

This excerpt is adapted from Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams’ new book What’s Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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How a Tiny Village Became the First Place in the World to Ban All Synthetic Pesticides

For hundreds of years, the people of Mals—a tiny village in the South Tirol province of northern Italy—had cherished their traditional foodways and kept their local agriculture organic. Yet the town is located high up in the Alps, and the conventional apple producers, heavily dependent on pesticides, were steadily overtaking the valley below. Aided by climate change, Big Apple (i.e., large corporate, industrialized apple growers) crept further up the region’s increasingly warmer valleys and mountainsides, its toxic sprays drifting with the valley’s ever-present winds and falling on the farms and fields of Mals—endangering their health, biodiversity, organic certifications, and their thriving tourism economy. 

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What's the Best Time of Day to Eat Carbs If You Have Diabetes?

The following excerpt is adapted from the new book Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes by Mona Morstein, ND (2017, Chelsea Green Publishing)

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Here's How Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray Learned How to Forage for a Three-Course Dinner

Patience Gray wrote about what today we would call the Slow Food movement—from foraging to eating locally—long before it became part of the cultural mainstream and has had a lasting and profound effect on the way we view and celebrate traditional foodways and regional cuisines.

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You May Never Eat Octopus Again After Reading This

The following essay is by Sy Montgomery, taken from Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’ new book Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Here's Why Breeding Dogs Amounts to Animal Cruelty

The following essay, by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, is from the new book Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind by Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (2017, Chelsea Green Publishing).

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What Is Erotic Ecology and Can It Help Save the Planet?

The following is an excerpt from the new book Matter & Desire: An Erotic Ecology, by Andreas Weber (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017).

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To Avoid Ecological Calamity, We Must Adopt More Human-Scale Technologies

The following is an excerpt from Kirkpatrick Sale's forthcoming book "Human Scale Revisited: A New Look at the Classic Case for a Decentralist Future" (Chelsea Green, May 2017):

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Why Bernie Sanders Came Up Short - and How That Lesson Can Fuel Future Progressive Victories

The following is an excerpt from the new book Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley (Chelsea Green, 2016): 

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Why Fig Trees Are Critical to the Health of Rainforest Ecosystems

The following is an excerpt from Mike Shanahan's new book Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016)

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I Was Born Into the 1 Percent - Here's Why I Gave Away My Trust Fund

The following is an excerpt from the new book Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins (Chelsea Green, 2016): 

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15 Ways Urban Farming Can Revitalize a Neighborhood - and Help Farmers Too

[Editor's note: What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops? That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making and is spelled out in his new book, Street Farm. The book tells the story of Sole Food Street Farms, and the role it has played in revitalizing not only a neighborhood, but the lives of its individual farmers. The urban farming manifesto below—as told through Street Farm—is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves. You can also check out this Q&A with Ableman, where he describes in more detail the promise of urban farming.]

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Fermented Foods Are Good for You - Here's Why

The following is an excerpt from Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods, 2nd Edition by Sandor Ellix Katz (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016): 

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From Rubber to Carbon Storage: The Changing Economics of the Amazon

The following is an excerpt from The End of Stationarity: Searching for the New Normal in the Age of Carbon Shock by Mark Schapiro (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016): 

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Our Sustainability Challenge: What Does It Take for Us to Thrive Within Earth's Finite Resources?

The following is an excerpt from Parachuting Cats Into Borneo and Other Lessons From the Change Café by Axel Klimek and Alan Atkisson (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016): 

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Why Eradicating Invasive Species Doesn't Address the Root of the Problem

If we’re going to solve some of the most pressing concerns that are commonly blamed on invasive species, including extinctions, loss of biodiversity, and biotic homogenization, we must take a deep look at the systems that currently provide for the needs of the majority of the world’s population. Invasive species are related to these production systems, but eradicating them does nothing to address the fundamental reasons for their proliferation.

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How Could Such a Rich Country as Ours Produce So Many Poor People?

The following is an erom Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice, by Les Leopold (Chelsea Green, 2015).

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Bernie on Immigration: Bring Undocumented People Out of the Shadows

(This article is excerpted from The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America by Jonathan Tasini (Chelsea Green Publishing, September 2015) and is published here with permission of the publisher. The book will be available nationwide on September 8th, which is Sanders’ birthday. For more information.)

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10 Ways to Make The U.S. Economy Work for Everyone, By Bernie Sanders

(This article is excerpted from The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America by Jonathan Tasini (Chelsea Green Publishing, September 2015) and is published here with permission of the publisher. The book will be available nationwide on September 8th, which is Sanders’ birthday. For more information.)

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How We Can Use Psychology To Help Fight Climate Change

The following is an excerpt from What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming by Per Espen Stoknes (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015):

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Food in Uncertain Times: How to Grow and Store the 5 Crops You Need to Survive

In an age of erratic weather and instability, it's increasingly important to develop a greater self-reliance when it comes to food. And because of this, more than ever before, farmers are developing new gardening techniques that help achieve a greater resilience. Longtime gardener and scientist Carol Deppe, in her book The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, offers a wealth of unique and expansive information for serious home gardeners and farmers who are seeking optimistic advice. Do you want to know more about the five crops you need to survive through the next thousand years? What about tips for drying summer squash, for your winter soups? Ever thought of keeping ducks on your land? Read on.

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How Hemp Could Replace Petroleum as a Fuel

The following is an excerpt from Doug Fine's book, Hemp Bound (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014)

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Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

Editor's note: Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz remembers the McCarthy era of the 1950s, when people thought the dark days would never end. But then came the 60s, which changed many things in a burst of human energy that no one expected. Today a lot us are feeling deep despair. Elections happen, debates drone on, but the most pressing problems of our time go unaddressed. So what do we do? What organizing and system-shaking strategies can really work to transform our future?  Alperovitz puts aside the pessimism and talks about possibilites – not with rose-colored glasses, but with a clear-eyed view of the fundamental changes we need and the methods that could work to acheive them. The following is an excerpt from his compelling new book, What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next Revolution. Think of it as a primer in possibility. A breath of fresh thinking from one of our most respected progressive voices.

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Slow Democracy: An Antidote to Today's Money-Corrupted, Corporate-Dominated Politics

The following is an excerpt from Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout (Chelsea Green, 2012): 

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Frankenstorms and the Fukushima Factor: More Than 20 Nuclear Power Plants Are in Sandy's Path

As Hurricane Sandy barreled towards the Northeastern US, 60 million coastal and inland residents suddenly found themselves in the crosshairs of climate change. Large enough to hammer the eastern third of the country with record-breaking winds, rain and floods, the Halloween Hurricane packed an unprecedented punch—it was set to collide head-on with a massive blizzard storming in from the northwest.

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