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Megaboere (Afrikaans, Paperback): Wynand Dreyer Megaboere (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Wynand Dreyer
R260 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R77 (30%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Megaboere, kykNET se gewilde reeks oor suksesvolle boere in Suid-Afrika, het kykers reeds vir twee seisoene vasgenael gehou, en ’n derde een is op pad. In hierdie boek neem Wynand Dreyer, vervaardiger van die reeks, en sy produksiespan jou na die plaaseienaars op wie die kollig tot dusver in die reekse geval het.

Hy bied nie net interessante profiele oor gevestigde en opkomende boere met uitsonderlike ondernemingsgees nie; hy probeer die suksesresep ontrafel wat hedendaagse boere in staat stel om die aarde op volhoubare wyse te benut. Of jy self aan die stuur van ’n boerderyonderne¬ming staan en of jy bloot nostalgies voel oor jou voorgeslagte se geskiedenis wat op boereplase beslag gekry het, een ding is seker: jy sal verwonderd staan oor die kreatiwiteit en vernuf wat dit verg om Suid-Afrika se voedselmandjie vol te hou.

Volg vir Wynand op paaie wat lei tot die verste uithoeke van die land en ontdek die grond¬beginsels wat van boere pro-aktiewe entrepreneurs en sakemanne met visie maak.

Jane's Delicious Urban Gardening - Sustainable City Living (Paperback): Jane Griffiths Jane's Delicious Urban Gardening - Sustainable City Living (Paperback)
Jane Griffiths 1
R295 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R62 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Do you love living in the city but dream about growing your own wholesome fruit and vegetables? South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.

Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of urban eco living.

In her trademark sensible and easy-to-follow style, Jane provides a wealth of tips and suggestions for:

  • growing organic vegetables just about anywhere – from containers to edible walls, from raised beds to rooftops, from community gardens to neglected pavements
  • planting and maintaining a space-efficient urban orchard
  • converting an existing lawn or tennis court into an instant edible oasis
  • keeping urban bees, hens and aquaponic tanks
  • harvesting rainwater and recycling grey water
  • introducing solar power into your home
  • converting a chlorinated swimming pool into a wetland-filtered haven.

Illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour photographs, Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is essential reading for anyone wanting to live a more sustainable, productive and healthy lifestyle in the city.

Environmental education - South African perspectives (Paperback): C.P. Loubser Environmental education - South African perspectives (Paperback)
C.P. Loubser
R395 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R45 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

This title is intended as a manual for environmental education practitioners. It provides theoretical background with the view of improving environmental education practitioners' practice. Environmental education addresses topics such as: The origin of the term/concept environmental education in southern Africa; a philosophical perspective of environmental education; teaching for the environment; environmental issues; education for sustainability; environmental education in the informal sector; environmental education in business and industry; research in environmental education.

The Little Book of Bees - An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees (Hardcover): Hilary Kearney The Little Book of Bees - An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees (Hardcover)
Hilary Kearney; Illustrated by Amy Holliday 1
R285 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bees continue to fascinate and charm us all - from novice gardeners and nature-lovers to dedicated environmentalists - and today, bees need our help more than ever. Discover the story of these incredible creatures, with The Little Book of Bees. Bees first appeared on Earth an incredible 130 million years ago. Since the time of the dinosaurs, evolution has taken our beloved bees on an incredible journey - and today, there are 20,000 species on the planet. The Little Book of Bees is a lovely, informative book of all things bee - from evolution and communication, to honey, beekeeping, and saving the bees - all in a beautifully illustrated gift book. Contents Chapter One: The Story of Bees The Evolution of the Bee The Bee Life Cycle The Bee Family Tree Bee Anatomy Bee Nesting Behaviours Bee Factoids Chapter Two: Superorganisms Sociality in Bees Bumble Bees Honey Bees Stingless Bees Chapter Three: Honey What is Honey? Types of Honey Practical Uses for Honey Honey Healthcare Chapter Four: Beekeeping Why Keep Bees? An Introduction to Beekeeping Keeping Stingless Bees Chapter Five: Protecting Our Bee Buddies Why Are Bees in Decline? Supporting Our Bees in 10 Easy Steps Providing a Home for Bees

The Pig - A Natural History (Hardcover): Richard Lutwyche The Pig - A Natural History (Hardcover)
Richard Lutwyche
R591 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R164 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At any given time there are around one billion pigs in the world; that's one for every seven of us. And where would we be without them? Prolific, ubiquitous, smart, adaptable, able to turn garbage into good-quality protein just by eating it, pigs have been our companions since neolithic days when they obligingly domesticated themselves, coming in out if the wild to truffle around our waste pits. It's not all about the bacon: the resourceful pig, now reformatted in micro packages, has developed a whole new career as a portable pet. And thanks to the recent genome mapping we now know that pig physiology is remarkably similar to our own. The Pig: A Natural History covers evolution from prehistoric wild boar to placid porker; anatomy, biology and behaviour; the pig's contribution to our lives; and the high profile of this remarkable beast in popular culture.

RHS How Can I Help Hedgehogs? - A Gardener's Collection of Inspiring Ideas for Welcoming Wildlife (Hardcover): Helen... RHS How Can I Help Hedgehogs? - A Gardener's Collection of Inspiring Ideas for Welcoming Wildlife (Hardcover)
Helen Bostock, Sophie Collins 1
R436 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R59 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Britain's ten million acres of private gardens add up to a vital haven for wildlife. Chock-a-block with ideas for encouraging wildlife into your plot, this pocket-sized book tells you how to make your off-street parking wildlife-friendly, why you should welcome wasps into the garden and whether you should let ladybirds overwinter in your home. One for budding David Attenboroughs.' - Mail on Sunday Foreword written by Isabella Tree of the Knepp Wildland Project. RHS How Can I Help Hedgehogs? offers more than 100 ideas for you to help wildlife thrive in your garden. Packed with simple, low-cost ideas that will make a huge difference to the natural world, the book suggests ways to help birds, bees, butterflies, beetles and many other declining species. Hopeful, informative and entertaining, with plenty of 'I-never-knew-that' mini-features, this is a book you and your family need, and one that you'll all enjoy, too. Includes topics such as how to increase the biodiversity of your plot and how to improve your soil without using chemicals. Includes... - Can I make my garden bat-friendly? - Do green roofs work? - Why should I love my weeds? - Should I keep honey bees? - Which flowers are friendliest for moths? - Where's best for a bird box? - Is garden lighting disruptive? ...and many more.

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs (Hardcover, Edition): Matt Whyman The Unexpected Genius of Pigs (Hardcover, Edition)
Matt Whyman 1
R279 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We often consider dogs to be our enduring sidekicks but the truth is domestic pigs have played a role in our lives for nearly as long. Pigs are highly social and smart. They like to play. They're inventive, crafty and belligerent - and incredibly singleminded. Ultimately, we have far more in common with these creatures than we like to admit. Here is a charming ode to one of the most common, yet surprisingly intelligent, animals populating our landscapes. In this gentle and illuminating study, Matt Whyman embarks on a journey to uncover the heart and soul of an animal brimming with more energy, intelligence and playfulness than he could ever have imagined. In his bid to understand what makes a pig tick, having climbed a steep learning curve as a keeper himself, Whyman meets a veterinary professor and expert in pig emotion, as well as a spirited hill farmer whose world revolves around hogs and sows. Packed with fascinating research and delightful anecdotes, this entertaining and informative celebration of all things porcine covers everything from evolution, behaviour and communication to friendship, loyalty and broken hearts - uncovering a surprising notion of family along the way.

RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs? - A Gardener's Collection of Pesky Problems and Surprising Solutions (Hardcover): Guy Barter RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs? - A Gardener's Collection of Pesky Problems and Surprising Solutions (Hardcover)
Guy Barter 1
R434 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R58 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs assists with all of the most common problems encountered in a garden - as well as some slightly more unusual ones. The RHS's Chief Horticulturist, Guy Barter, provides expert advice, responding to the questions posed by thousands of gardeners every year. This entertaining and informative guide provides a wealth of information. Feature boxes of interesting facts enable you to really get to grips with the issue at hand. As the cause of a problem is not always apparent, the main symptom is used as the starting point in each section, enabling you to troubleshoot all your garden problems. This is not a dull reference book full of lists - it is an easy-to-read and amusing look at how we battle with nature in our gardens, showing you how to either come out top or to surrender with dignity.

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings (Hardcover): Helen Jukes A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings (Hardcover)
Helen Jukes 1
R428 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R147 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'This book has found a special place in my heart. It's as strange, beautiful and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings, as bees in a hive. I loved it' Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK `Everyone should own A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings, which moved and delighted me more than a book about insects had any right to ... Jukes is a gloriously gifted writer and her book ought to become a key text of this bright moment in our history of nature writing' Alex Preston, Observer `Finely written and insightful' Melissa Harrison, Guardian A fascinating, insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper's year of keeping honeybees, which will appeal to readers of H is For Hawk and The Outrun Entering her thirties, Helen Jukes feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses - disconnected, stressed. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford, she realises she needs to effect a change if she's to create a meaningful life for herself, one that can accommodate comfort and labour and love. Then friends give her the gift of a colony of honeybees - according to folklore, bees freely given bring luck - and Helen embarks on her first full year of beekeeping. But what does it mean to `keep' wild creatures? In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself? And can travelling inside the hive free her outside it? As Helen grapples with her role in the delicate, awe-inspiring ecosystem of the hive, the very act of keeping seems to open up new perspectives, deepen friendships old and new, and make her world come alive. A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings is at once a fascinating exploration of the honeybee and the hive, the practices of honey-gathering and the history of our observation of bees; and a beautifully wrought meditation on responsibility and care, on vulnerability and trust, on forging bonds and breaking new ground. 'This is classic modern nature-writing; a synthesis of scientific learning, observation and the author's response. If you care for the wellbeing of bees and the planet and for the state of the human heart, then this book, with its deft and beautiful prose, is for you... And like all good nature writing, it also - quietly, clearly and insistently - requires us, too, to respond' Countryfile Magazine `An intimate exploration of the heart and home, and a tantalising glimpse into an alien culture. A brave and delicate book, rich and fascinating' Nick Hunt, author of Where the Wild Winds Are `Subtly wrought personal journey into the art and science of beekeeping. Helen Jukes evokes both the practical minutiae of the work, and the findings of researchers who have illuminated bee ethology over the centuries' nature 'A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book. A gentle but compelling account of the redemption that comes from relationship and attention' Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast 'A profound, funny and sometimes deeply moving book that describes a year of inner city bee keeping, while dancing between the history of bees and us and what it means to be human in our modern world' Julia Blackburn, author of Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske 'A very human story about the aliens gathering in her back garden - bees, fascinating but almost unknowable. Their wildness and her duty to them help open up a desk rat's uninspiring life to all the possibilities of love, care, connection and sheer wonder. It is a lovely, entirely personal journey into the very heart of the hive' Michael Pye `I raced through this really terrific, down-to-earth read. The existential threat to our entire ecosystem posed by the problems facing bees can be hard to grasp, but Helen manages to make this a very personal, human story that, hopefully, might inspire others to action' Luke Turner, The Quietus

Honey and Venom - Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper (Hardcover): Andrew Cote Honey and Venom - Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper (Hardcover)
Andrew Cote
R632 R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Collins Beekeeper's Bible - Bees, Honey, Recipes and Other Home Uses (Hardcover): Collins Beekeeper's Bible - Bees, Honey, Recipes and Other Home Uses (Hardcover)
2
R919 R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Save R267 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The most comprehensive beekeeping resource ever published. This ultimate guide covers all the practical essentials and will teach you everything about caring for bees and safe hive management, with clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations. It also contains a wealth of information about the culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and domestic uses of honey, beeswax and pollen. So much more than just a practical handbook, this beautiful almanac is also a fascinating read, overflowing with charming bee trivia, fascinating folklore, an engaging history of beekeeping and much more besides. Discover bees in literature, learn how to craft beeswax candles, preserve fine wood with your own home-made furniture polish, or indulge your skin with lavender and beeswax hand cream. Enjoy over 100 glorious honey recipes for cakes and breads, sauces and marinades, drinks and even flavoured spirits! Fully illustrated with practical photography, stunning illustrations and unique etchings, this is an invaluable handbook as well as a beautiful addition to your coffee table, whether you're an active beekeeper with buzzing hives, or an armchair enthusiast who daydreams about harvesting your own honey. The plight of the honeybee has been widely reported, as numbers fall at an alarming rate. But its vital role in crop pollination and global agricultural means that the survival of the honeybee is essential; if it is to endure into the next century, we must take it seriously now. The Collins Beekeeper's Bible does just that, bestowing readers with all there is to know about bees, in the hope that it will help secure the future of this fascinating insect. CONTENTS INCLUDE o History of honey and beekeeping o Building a beehive & staying safe o Caring for your bees - pests & diseases o Growing flowers for bees o Collecting your honey o Household uses for honey and beeswax o Homeopathic, medicinal and cosmetic uses for honey and pollen o Home crafts o Recipes for home-made food and drinks featuring honey

Trees in Trouble - Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change (Hardcover): Daniel Mathews Trees in Trouble - Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change (Hardcover)
Daniel Mathews
R611 R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Smallholder Agriculture and Market Participation - Lessons from Africa (Paperback): Nigel Poole Smallholder Agriculture and Market Participation - Lessons from Africa (Paperback)
Nigel Poole
R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 In stock
Practical Self-sufficiency - The complete guide to sustainable living today (Hardcover): Dick Strawbridge, James Strawbridge Practical Self-sufficiency - The complete guide to sustainable living today (Hardcover)
Dick Strawbridge, James Strawbridge 1
R580 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R131 (23%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Find your route to a more sustainable lifestyle with Dick Strawbridge, of Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, and his son James. We can all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and be more self-sufficient. For some, that might mean upping sticks and living off the land. For the rest of us, the reality might involve smaller, but no less important, lifestyle changes: cutting back on plastic or food waste, growing vegetables, preserving meat and fish, preparing jams and chutneys, baking sourdough bread, making your own plant-based milks, or keeping a chicken or two. Dick and James Strawbridge know what it's like to make these changes. Between them, they've lived on a smallholding, in a terraced house, and even a chateau. In this updated edition of Practical Self-sufficiency they share everything they've learned, and give you the tools you need for a more rewarding and environmentally conscious life.

Beekeeping For Dummies (Paperback, UK ed): David Wiscombe, Howland Blackiston Beekeeping For Dummies (Paperback, UK ed)
David Wiscombe, Howland Blackiston 1
R468 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R126 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The fast and easy way to start and maintain a hive Beekeeping For Dummies is a practical, step-by-step beginner's guide to beekeeping. It gives you plain-English guidance on everything you need to know to start your own beehive, from buying the right equipment, sourcing bees, and locating your hive to maintaining a healthy colony and harvesting honey. Plus, you'll get the latest information on the causes and effects of bee disease, colony collapse disorder, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honeybee has on our environment and economy. Here, you'll get trusted information on beekeeping in the UK, specifically written to address climate, buying equipment, locating hives, the local impact of colony collapse disorder and ways to avoid or minimise the risk to your hive, seasonal beekeeping tasks, local beekeeping associations, and updated content on urban beekeeping. * Understand the anatomy of your bees * Learn techniques and tips for harvesting, bottling, packaging, and selling honey * Discover the benefits of beekeeping * Learn techniques on obtaining and hiving your bees If you're a beginner beekeeper, taking a beekeeping course, or just have an interest in the plight of the honeybee, Beekeeping For Dummies has you covered!

Keeping Chickens For Dummies (Paperback, UK Edition): Pammy Riggs, Kimberly Willis, Rob Ludlow Keeping Chickens For Dummies (Paperback, UK Edition)
Pammy Riggs, Kimberly Willis, Rob Ludlow 1
R481 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R124 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Practical how-to advice for keeping chickens "For me, raising chickens, for eggs and meat, has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of our family farm. I am a great admirer of "chicken whisperer" Pammy Riggs, and with her two co-authors she has produced an admirably thorough guide to enjoying the pleasures and avoiding the pitfalls of keeping chickens. Get the book, and take the feathery plunge!" - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Keeping Chickens For Dummies provides you with an introduction to all aspects of keeping chickens, from constructing a hutch to the correct feeding regime. It offers expert advice straight from the River Cottage Chicken Whisperer', so whether you're looking to raise chickens for eggs, meat, or just the entertainment value and fun - Keeping Chickens For Dummies is the perfect place to start. Keeping Chickens For Dummies: * Shows you how to keep chickens in different conditions * Offers guidance on choosing and purchasing chickens * Gives great step-by-step advice on constructing the right housing * Provides expert advice on how to feed and care for your chickens

George Washington Carver - Teacher and Environmentalist (Hardcover): Christine Montgomery George Washington Carver - Teacher and Environmentalist (Hardcover)
Christine Montgomery
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Stolen Harvest - The Highjacking of the Global Food Supply (Paperback): Vandana Shiva Stolen Harvest - The Highjacking of the Global Food Supply (Paperback)
Vandana Shiva
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For the farmer, the seed is not merely the source of future plants and food; it is a vehicle through which culture and history can be preserved and spread to future generations. For centuries, farmers have evolved crops and produced an incredible diversity of plants that provide life-sustaining nutrition. In India alone, the ingenuity of farmers has produced over 200,000 varieties of rice, many of which now line store shelves around the world. This productive tradition, however, is under attack as globalized, corporate regimes increasingly exploit intellectual property laws to annex these sustaining seeds and remove them from the public sphere. In Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, Shiva explores the devastating effects of commercial agriculture and genetic engineering on the food we eat, the farmers who grow it, and the soil that sustains it. This prescient critique and call to action covers some of the most pressing topics of this ongoing dialogue, from the destruction of local food cultures and the privatization of plant life, to unsustainable industrial fish farming and safety concerns about corporately engineered foods. The preeminent agricultural activist and scientist of a generation, Shiva implores the farmers and consumers of the world to make a united stand against the genetically modified crops and untenable farming practices that endanger the seeds and plants that give us life.

Windmill Tales - Stories from the American Wind Power Center (Paperback): Coy F Harris Windmill Tales - Stories from the American Wind Power Center (Paperback)
Coy F Harris; Photographs by Wyman Meinzer; Foreword by Steve Halladay
R594 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On the prairies of North America, wind and water were pervasive, but whereas wind was tangible, water in quantity was hidden beneath the surface. The vast grasslands fed great herds of animals, which in turn sustained Native Americans, but it was not until water could be brought to the surface that the plains could be cultivated and developed into a great agricultural bread-basket for the growing nation. The self-governing windmill forever changed the culture of this vast region. In Windmill Tales, in nearly one hundred beautiful full-color images, photographer Wyman Meinzer shows American windmills as they appear today. Many of them are still working, and others have fallen or are preserved at the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, Texas, but all illustrate the way of life that was made possible by the windmill. Brief reminiscences and stories told by visitors to the American Wind Power Center give the reader a sense of the central importance of windmills in the lives of early pioneers in the West. Some of the stories reflect the sense of humour ranch and farm families developed to help them through hard times, whereas others hint at disappointment and tragedy. Together with the photographs they give us a fascinating insight into our history.

Kirstenbosch - The Most Beautiful Garden In Africa (Hardcover): Brian J. Huntley Kirstenbosch - The Most Beautiful Garden In Africa (Hardcover)
Brian J. Huntley
R350 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R75 (21%) In stock

Kirstenbosch is a name that resonates round the world as the home of a uniquely rich flora in a setting of unsurpassed beauty, and in 2013 Kirstenbosch celebrates its 100th anniversary. This centenary publication tells the story of its establishment, its setbacks and triumphs, its benefactors and heros. It outlines the Garden's scientific eminence – as the repository of knowledge on our prized flora – and details the many attractions that make it a favourite destination for Capetonians and visitors alike.

With a finely crafted text by acclaimed ecologist Brian Huntley, and lavishly illustrated with photographs and artworks that tell the history and reflect the beauty of the Garden, this will be a sought-after volume – a quality memento for visitors to Kirstenbosch and a keepsake for the many thousands of locals who flock there annually. Beautifully presented in a colourful dustjacket, this book will be a tasteful, all-occasions gift, and one to cherish.

Righteous Porkchop - Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (Paperback): Nicolette Hahn Niman Righteous Porkchop - Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (Paperback)
Nicolette Hahn Niman
R379 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Asked to head up Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s environmental organization's "hog campaign," Nicolette Hahn Niman embarked upon a fascinating odyssey through the inner workings of the "factory farm" industry. Whatshe discovered transformed her into an intrepid environmental lawyer determined to lock horns with the big business farming establishment. She even, unexpectedly, found love along the way.

A searing account of an industry gone awry and one woman's passionate fight to remedy it, Righteous Porkchop chronicles Niman's investigation and her determination to organize a national reform movement to fight the shocking practices of industrial animal operations. She offers necessary alternatives, showing how livestock farming can be done in a better way--and she details both why and how to choose meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, and fish from traditionally farmed sources.

Sedges of the Northern Forest - Quick Guide (Fold-out book or chart): Jerry Jenkins Sedges of the Northern Forest - Quick Guide (Fold-out book or chart)
Jerry Jenkins
R291 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Quick Guide for Sedges of the Northern Forest contains two double-sided photographic charts that allow users to see high-res, close-up images of the more than 200 sedges in the Northern Forest region. The map-sized folding charts are water-resistant and field-friendly, the perfect companion to the Photographic Guide. This product was produced by the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation.

African local knowledge and livestock health - Diseases and treatments in South Africa (Paperback): William Beinart, Karen Brown African local knowledge and livestock health - Diseases and treatments in South Africa (Paperback)
William Beinart, Karen Brown
R176 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Understanding local knowledge has become a central academic project among those interested in Africa and developing countries. In South Africa, land reform is gathering pace and African people hold an increasing proportion of the livestock in the country. Animal health has become a central issue for rural development. Yet African veterinary medical knowledge remains largely unrecorded. This book seeks to fill that gap. This book captures for the first time the diversity, as well as the limits, of a major sphere of local knowledge. Beinart and Brown argue that African approaches to animal health rest largely in environmental and nutritional explanations. They explore the widespread use of plants as well as biomedicines for healing. While rural populations remain concerned about supernatural threats, and many men think that women can harm their cattle, the authors challenge current ideas on the modernisation of witchcraft. They examine more ambient forms of supernatural danger expressed in little-known concepts such as mohato and umkhondo. They take the reader into the homesteads and kraals of rural black South Africans and engage with a key rural concern - vividly reporting the ideas of livestock owners. This is groundbreaking research which will have important implications for analyses of local knowledge more generally as well as effective state interventions and animal treatments in South Africa.

Beekeeping - Inspiration and Practical Advice for Beginners (Hardcover): Andrew T Davies Beekeeping - Inspiration and Practical Advice for Beginners (Hardcover)
Andrew T Davies 1
R199 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R50 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A reissue of Beekeeping (2007). A practical and inspirational guide to keeping bees and apiaries in both rural and urban areas. It's no shock that the beekeeping trend is steadily on the rise. These fascinating and beautiful insects can be kept anywhere, whether your garden is a large country plot or an urban rooftop terrace. What's more, there's no sting in this tale: bees are a source of delight for honey lovers, hay-fever sufferers and gardeners alike. This charming and practical guide is intended for both the beginner and experienced beekeeper. It covers everything from setting up hives and maximising bees in the garden, to optimum honey production and a fascinating troubleshooting section. With charming illustrations throughout, you will find all you need to catch the bee buzz in this wonderful book.

The Tragedy of the Commodity - Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture (Hardcover): Stefano B. Longon, Rebecca Clausen, Brett Clark The Tragedy of the Commodity - Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture (Hardcover)
Stefano B. Longon, Rebecca Clausen, Brett Clark
R3,074 Discovery Miles 30 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although humans have long depended on oceans and aquatic ecosystems for sustenance and trade, only recently has human influence on these resources dramatically increased, transforming and undermining oceanic environments throughout the world. Marine ecosystems are in a crisis that is global in scope, rapid in pace, and colossal in scale. In The Tragedy of the Commodity, sociologists Stefano B. Longo, Rebecca Clausen, and Brett Clark explore the role human influence plays in this crisis, highlighting the social and economic forces that are at the heart of this looming ecological problem. In a critique of the classic theory "the tragedy of the commons"" by ecologist Garrett Hardin, the authors move beyond simplistic explanations - such as unrestrained self-interest or population growth - to argue that it is the commodification of aquatic resources that leads to the depletion of fisheries and the development of environmentally suspect means of aquaculture. To illustrate this argument, the book features two fascinating case studies - the thousand-year history of the bluefin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean and the massive Pacific salmon fishery. Longo, Clausen, and Clark describe how new fishing technologies, transformations in ships and storage capacities, and the expansion of seafood markets combined to alter radically and permanently these crucial ecosystems. In doing so, the authors underscore how the particular organization of social production contributes to ecological degradation and an increase in the pressures placed upon the ocean. The authors highlight the historical, political, economic, and cultural forces that shape how we interact with the larger biophysical world. A path-breaking analysis of overfishing, The Tragedy of the Commodity yields insight into issues such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change.

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