Street Goat

Street Goat: A Blueprint for Urban Agroecology

By Ursula Billington, ARC2020

Ed. note: This article first appeared on ARC2020 is a platform for agri-food and rural actors working towards better food, farming, and rural policies for Europe. Street Goat is a new urban farming project that grazes goats on disused land around the city of Bristol, UK. Run by a 20-member community cooperative, it provides local people with sustainable, healthy milk and meat, while helping to recover overgrown land for horticultural use. Ursula Billington reports. Viral videos were a feature of many locked-down lives in 2020, and a candid local news clip captured the imagination of the UK earlier this year: a wild Kashmiri goat herd, emboldened by the deserted streets of lockdown, trotting into Llandudno in north Wales and making themselves at home in the town. Roaming the streets with wild eyes askew and tongues lolling, they raised a collective smile from people across the country isolated in their homes. Now a new project...

Fungi of Saskatchewan

Bottom-up Biodiversity

By John Thackara, John Thackara blog

This text was commissioned by the Swiss Ministry of the Environment, FOEN. It is also available online in these other languages: German Biodiversität nach dem Bottom-up-Prinzip Italian Biodiversità dal basso verso l’alt French Biodiversité : une politique de terrain “The world has failed to arrest the steep decline of nature. The world must act fast to avert catastrophe”. These recent headlines have been dispiriting – but they are also misleading. High Level Meetings and international summits may indeed be an imperfect model of change – but at ground level, a million positive projects tell a different story. Whether connecting schools to farms in France, daylighting rivers in Mexico, or rewilding grasslands in Patagonia, we’re learning how to ‘do’ biodiversity well. Ecological Restoration Camps are a notable example. More than 26,000 people have joined this new movement for large-scale ecosystem restoration at a landscape scale. In temporary settlements, professional and amateur ‘’campers’ learn how...