Why vegans should support backyard hens

First: a disclaimer: I would love to have hens in my backyard (currently prohibited in my city) but if I had hens, I would not eat their eggs. Not because they will become "baby chicks" - they won't be fertilized without a rooster so there would be no likelihood of that - but because I … Continue reading Why vegans should support backyard hens

Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/beyond/despite-capitalist movement

Permaculture is a philosophy and set of practices aimed at creating regenerative human spaces that mimic natural eco-systems. The concept was developed by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the 1970s based on their observations of the ecological systems created by Indigenous and “traditional” communities around the world. The philosophy of permaculture offers … Continue reading Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/beyond/despite-capitalist movement

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible As I explored in an earlier blog post, the lawn remains a powerful symbol of class domination, racism, and colonialism. Understanding the socioeconomic role of the lawn means that solutions to the problems it causes cannot be found in private backyards. As a classed and moralized … Continue reading Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Lawns, class, and colonialism

Lawns – highly managed monocultures of turf grasses – seem to most people but the most ardent environmentalist to be a relatively benign phenomenon. However lawns are highly political landscapes, tied to the emergence of capitalism and settler colonialism. Lawns, as opposed to biodiverse meadows, prairies, and pastures, emerged only about 500 years ago as … Continue reading Lawns, class, and colonialism