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Do we have the wrong model of human nature?

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December 18, 2017 – By Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights – Are we wrong to believe that competitiveness must and always will be the central animating principle of human action? Media studies scholar Michael Karlberg thinks so. In fact, he believes that another animating principle, mutualism, is both central to human interaction and necessary to aid human society in meeting the myriad challenges it faces regarding climate change, inequality, governance, education and many other issues.

Deployment of organic farming at a landscape scale maintains low pest infestation and high crop productivity levels in vineyards

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October 30, 2017 – By Lucile Muneret et al., Journal of Applied Ecology – Policies promoting the development of organic farming in conventional vineyard landscapes will not lead to greater pest and disease infestations but will reduce the pesticide treatment intensity and maintain crop productivity. Moreover, the interactions between semi‐natural habitats in landscape and local farming practices suggest that the deployment of organic farming should be adapted to landscape contexts.

Leave the Leaves!

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October 6, 2017 – By Justin Wheeler, Xerces Society – Besides providing the right plants, and protecting your garden from pesticides, one of the next most valuable things you can do to support pollinators and other invertebrates is to provide them with the winter cover they need in the the form of fall leaves and standing dead plant material. Frequently however, this is the hardest pill for gardeners to swallow.

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