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    The Secret Life of Your Microbiome Why Nature and Biodiversity are Essential to Health and Happiness Susan L. Prescott, Alan C. Logan
    9780865718517 Paperback HEALTH & FITNESS / Healthy Living Publication Date:August 14, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.67 in | 559 gr | 336 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Immerse Yourself in Nature and Nourish Your Microbiome for Optimal Health

      For too long our bodies have been viewed as capsules, sealed off and protected from 'bugs' by our immune systems and an arsenal of antibiotics, pesticides, processed foods, and antibacterial soaps. The more insulated from nature, the better.

      The Secret Life of Your Microbiome shatters this deeply held myth, presenting a revolutionary new paradigm, backed by vast science; we're deeply connected to the biodiversity of nature through our microbiomes, the rich microbial ecosystem of our guts and skin, and this connection is essential to health and happiness.

      From sugar-rich diets wiping out good gut bacteria and exacerbating depression, to microbes mediating phytonutrient absorption in the brain, to inflammation and cancer, the influence of biodiversity on our bodies is everywhere. The great communicator is our immune system, a 'mobile brain' that interacts with micro-organisms in and around us with profound health consequences. Written with pace, clarity, and humor by world-renowned scientists in immunology, nutrition, and environmental health, The Secret Life of Your Microbiome makes the irrefutable case that health and happiness depends fundamentally on the health of biodiversity, and shows how we can nurture this nature.

      Dr. Susan L. Prescott, MD, PhD is an internationally acclaimed immunologist and pediatrician. She has authored 250 scientific papers and The Allergy Epidemic , The Calling , and Origins .

      Dr. Alan C. Logan ND is a naturopathic doctor and researcher, a trusted media commentator, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature and The Clear Skin Diet . He and Prescott live in New York and Perth, Australia.


      Susan L. Prescott PhD, MD is an internationally acclaimed immunologist and pediatrician whose early work led to a paradigm shift in understanding the importance of the early environment in immune programming for the risk of subsequent disease. She is a former Director of the World Allergy Organisation and and former Head of the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Prescott is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and several books including The Allergy Epidemic, The Calling, and Origins. She is married to Alan Logan and splits her time between Perth, Australia and New York.

      Alan C. Logan ND graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase, and was valedictorian at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. He taught Mind-Body Medicine courses in Harvard's School of Continuing Medical Education, and his research and commentaries have appeared in over two dozen medical journals. He is a trusted source for many popular magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle, W, Health, and Life & Style, and he is a commentator on US and Canadian television. Logan is the co-author of several books including Your Brain on Nature and The Clear Skin Diet, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. He is married to Susan Prescott and splits his time between Perth, Australia and New York.

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      Foreword INDIE 2017, Short-listed
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    Pure Charcuterie The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home Meredith Leigh
    9780865718609 Paperback COOKING / Specific Ingredients Publication Date:November 06, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.32 in | 333 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Cured meat products arose from the need for preservation, in a time when cooking and refrigeration were not always available. Today, charcuterie is an embodiment of art in the kitchen, combining precision, balance, patience, and creativity; an economy of ingredients, as poetry is an economy of words. The confluence of these elements, along with the purest of ingredients, can enable anyone to craft cured meats in their home.

      Pure Charcuterie is a practical and artistic look at the techniques for curing meat at home both as a creative hands-on craft and as a fantastic and sustainable way to preserve highly valuable food. This accessible, beautiful, visual guide walks the reader through the process of making charcuterie, including:

      • sourcing ingredients
      • clear explanations of charcuterie technique
      • creative recipes balancing tradition and invention
      • smoking meats and building your own smoker

      The analogies drawn between art and food, along with creative and accessible photographic discussions of charcuterie technique, make this book an essential primer on the basics of charcuterie: the mystery, the science, the art, and the technique. Ideal for home cooks working in small spaces, Pure Charcuterie is a must-have for experienced and new cooks alike — and any home artisan.


      Over the past 15 years, Meredith Leigh has worked as a farmer, butcher, chef, teacher, non-profit executive director, and writer, all in pursuit of sustainable food. She has developed a farmer co-op, founded and catalyzed non-profit ventures, grown vegetables, flowers, and meats, owned and managed a retail butcher shop and restaurant, and more. She is the author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore.

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    A New Garden Ethic Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future Benjamin Vogt
    9780865718555 Paperback NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats Publication Date:September 11, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.38 in | 319 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      In a time of climate change and mass extinction, who we garden for matters more than ever

      Our landscapes push aside wildlife and in turn diminish our genetically-programmed love for wildness. How can we get ourselves back into balance through gardens, to speak life's language and learn from other species?

      Plenty of books tell home gardeners and professional landscape designers how to garden sustainably, what plants to use, and what resources to explore. Yet few examine why our urban wildlife gardens matter, and not just for ourselves, but for the larger human and animal communities.

      Author Benjamin Vogt addresses why we need a new garden ethic, and why we urgently need wildness in our daily lives — lives sequestered in buildings surrounded by monocultures of lawn and concrete that significantly harm our physical and mental health. He examines the psychological issues around climate change and mass extinction as a way to understand how we are short circuiting our response to global crises, especially by not growing native plants in our gardens. Simply put, environmentalism is not political, it's social justice for all species marginalized today and for those facing extinction tomorrow.

      By thinking deeply and honestly about our built landscapes, we can create a compassionate activism that connects us more profoundly to nature and to one another.


      Benjamin Vogt has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His writings and photos have appeared in over 60 publications, from literary journals to magazines to anthologies, and even a permanent display at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. He has also won several awards and fellowships over the last two decades. Benjamin writes a weekly native plant garden design column at Houzz.com, which has been read over 2.5 million times. He speaks nationally on garden design and wildlife landscapes while owning Monarch Gardens, a prairie garden design firm based in eastern Nebraska with projects the span Nebraska to New Jersey. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife.

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    9780865718616 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture Publication Date:September 25, 2017
    $21.99 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.29 in | 299 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Raise a gaggle of geese, the unsung heroes of the small farm

      While chickens preen in the spotlight, geese are the historic unsung heroes of small farms and homesteads. Providing weed control, large eggs, and entertainment, and acting as "security" over other animals, geese are the ultimate modern homesteading companion.

      The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese covers everything you need to know to raise geese, including:

      • Profiles of breeds and how to select the best one for your needs
      • How to "imprint" goslings on a person
      • Feeding, housing, animal health, and cold weather care
      • Using geese for weed control, soil improvement, and as "watch-geese"
      • Cooking with goose eggs and meat

      Additional coverage includes a look at the rich history of geese on farms in North America and Europe that will enhance any goose keeper's enjoyment of these intelligent and unique birds.

      This practical guide is a must-have essential for the kitchen table of homesteaders, small farmers, permaculturists, and professional farmers looking to add the power of geese to their land.


      Kirsten Lie-Nielsen grew up on a farm and has been raising geese and enjoying the quirky personalities and practicality of these beautiful birds for most of her life. Always intrigued by self-sufficiency and working with her hands, Kirsten and her partner are restoring a 200-year old farm in Liberty, Maine, where they raise animals and grow vegetables and native medicinal herbs. Kirsten writes about her experiences and the lessons of life on the farm for publications such as Grit and Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry , and Hobbyfarms.com. She also blogs about the good life at hostilevalleyliving.com.

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    The Better World Shopping Guide: 6th Edition Every Dollar Makes a Difference 6th edition Ellis Jones
    9780865718623 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Green Business Publication Date:October 16, 2017
    $12.99 CAD 4 x 6 x 0.42 in | 153 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Small enough to fit in your pocket, this practical little book will help you change the world as you shop!

      While we strive to make our vote count every four years, few of us realize that our most immediate power to shape the world is squandered on a daily basis. Every dollar we spend has the potential to create social and environmental change. In fact, it already has. The world that exists today is in large part a result of our purchasing decisions.

      The Better World Shopping Guide rates hundreds of products and services from A to F, so you can quickly tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys" and ensure your money is not supporting corporations that make decisions based solely on the bottom line. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, this completely revised and updated sixth edition will help you find out who actually "walks the talk" when it comes to:

      • Environmental sustainability
      • Human rights
      • Community involvement
      • Animal protection
      • Social justice

      Small enough to fit in a back pocket or handbag and organized in a user-friendly format, The Better World Shopping Guide helps you reward companies who are doing good, penalize those involved in destructive activities, and change the world as you shop!

      Ellis Jones, PhD is the award-winning, bestselling author of five previous editions of The Better World Shopping Guide , and co-author of The Better World Handbook . A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship, and everyday activism, he has dedicated himself to uncovering practical ways for people to make a difference in the world. He currently teaches at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.


      Ellis Jones, Ph.D. is the award-winning author of five previous bestselling editions of The Better World Shopping Guide , and co-author of The Better World Handbook . A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship, and ethical consumerism, he gives presentations throughout the US and Canada empowering people to make a difference. Ellis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, where he focuses his energies on bridging the gap between academics, activists, and the average citizen. www.betterworldshopper.org

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    Invest Like You Give a Damn Make Money, Change the World, Sleep Well at Night Marc de Sousa-Shields
    9780865718487 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Finance Publication Date:November 13, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.38 in | 319 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      It's time to make money and give a damn

      You give a damn, right?

      You want your money to do good, but your pension is riddled with oil and defense companies. Besides, investing is a pain in the ass. It's tedious, and most sustainable and responsible investing books are as much fun as a root canal. You're fighting the urge to bury your head in the sand. What to do?

      There is a better way.

      Invest Like You Give a Damn is a different kind of investment book. It tells real life stories of people just like you. People who give a damn but who have stomped the devil of inertia and chosen to align their money with their values. Coverage includes:

      • Why you need to give a damn about your investments
      • Engaging investor stories to guide financial planning and investment decisions
      • A ground-breaking financial and socially responsible investing asset allocation tool for profit and sustainability impact maximization
      • Money makeover profiles
      • How-to investing from one-click to deep-dive portfolio building

      Authored by a leading socially responsible investing expert and replete with humor and irreverence, Invest Like You Give a Damn is for everyone from college graduates waiting tables, to mid-life generation Xers, to baby boomers who want to live their ideals.

      Get it, read it, give a damn!

      Marc de Sousa-Shields is co-founder of the Social Investment Organization (SIO), a UN and World Bank advisor, and contributor to online corporate sustainability magazines including Triple Pundit and Sustainable Brands . He's worked in eighty countries, blogs at The Sustainable Century, and when not on the road, he lives in Mexico.


      Marc de Sousa-Shields is an international sustainable development and investment consultant. He co-founded and was first Executive Director of the Social Investment Organization (SIO) of Canada. He has been an advisor to the United Nations and was a Member of the US Social Investment Forum International Committee. He wrote Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Emerging Markets for the World Bank-International Finance Corporation and led a USAID project on Transitions to Private Capital. He has written for leading on-line corporate sustainability magazines including Triple Pundit and Sustainable Brands and is author of The Sustainable Century by Design or Disaster (forthcoming), TheSustainableCentury.net blog, and the Sustainable Century Podcast. The hardest things he has done are convincing his mother-in-law to make social investments, and organic urban gardening in a semi-tropical climate. He has worked and traveled in over 80 countries and when not on the road, Marc lives in Mexico.

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    Uprooting Racism - 4th Edition How White People Can Work for Racial Justice Revised and Updated Paul Kivel
    9780865718654 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination Publication Date:August 28, 2017
    $24.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.77 in | 639 gr | 448 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Over 50,000 copies sold of earlier editions! Powerful strategies and practical tools for white people committed to racial justice

      Completely revised and updated, this fourth edition of Uprooting Racism offers a framework around neoliberalism and interpersonal, institutional, and cultural racism, along with stories of resistance and white solidarity. It provides practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, engaging the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.

      Inequalities in education, housing, health care, and the job market continue to prevail, while increased insecurity and fear have led to an epidemic of scapegoating and harassment of people of color. Yet, recent polls show that only thirty-one percent of white people in the United States believe racism is a major societal problem; at the same time, resistance is strong, as highlighted by indigenous struggles for land and sovereignty and the Movement for Black Lives.

      Previous editions of Uprooting Racism have sold more than 50,000 copies. This accessible, personal, supportive, and practical guide is ideal for students, community activists, teachers, youth workers, and anyone interested in issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

      Paul Kivel is an award-winning author and an accomplished trainer and speaker. He has been a social justice activist, a nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism educator, and an innovative leader in violence prevention for over forty years.


      Paul Kivel: has been a social justice activist, a nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism educator and an innovative leader in violence prevention for over 40 years. He is an award-winning author and an accomplished trainer and speaker, and has conducted thousands of talks, trainings, and workshops on diversity, men's issues, the challenges of youth, and the impact of class and power on daily life.

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    The Retro Future Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future John Michael Greer
    9780865718661 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects Publication Date:August 21, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.51 in | 426 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      To most people paying attention to the collision between industrial society and the hard limits of a finite planet, it's clear that things are going very, very wrong. We no longer have unlimited time and resources to deal with the crises that define our future, and the options are limited to the tools we have on hand right now.

      This book is about one very powerful option: deliberate technological regression.

      Technological regression isn't about "going back" — it's about using the past as a resource to meet the needs of the present. It starts from the recognition that older technologies generally use fewer resources and cost less than modern equivalents, and it embraces the heresy of technological choice — our ability to choose or refuse the technologies pushed by corporate interests.

      People are already ditching smartphones and going back to "dumb phones" and land lines and e-book sales are declining while printed books rebound. Clear signs among many that blind faith in progress is faltering and opening up the possibility that the best way forward may well involve going back.

      A must-read for anyone willing to think the unthinkable and embrace the possibilities of a retro future.

      One of the most consistently original social critics on the contemporary scene, John Michael Greer is the author of more than forty published books, including After Progress and Dark Age America, as well as the widely read weekly blog The Archdruid Report. He lives in an old red brick mill town in the Appalachians with his wife Sara.
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    The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook How to Design and Build Swales, Dams, Ponds, and other Water Harvesting Systems Douglas Barnes Canada
    9780865718449 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture Publication Date:September 18, 2017
    $32.99 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.48 in | 499 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:34 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Maximize your water harvesting potential with efficient, cost-effective earthworks

      In the face of drought and desertification, well-designed, water harvesting earthworks such as swales, ponds, and dams are the most effective way to channel water into productive use. The result can be increased food production, higher groundwater levels, reduced irrigation needs, and enhanced ecosystem resilience.

      Yet, due to a lack of knowledge, designers, and landowners often build earthworks that are costly, inappropriately sized and sited, or even dangerous. The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook is the first dedicated, detailed guide to the proper design and construction of water harvesting earthworks. It covers the function, design, and construction methods for nine main types of water harvesting earthworks across a full range of climates.

      Coverage includes:

      • Swales, ponds, dams, hugelkultur, net-and-pan systems, spate irrigation, and more
      • Cost versus benefit of different earthworks
      • Assessing site needs and suitability
      • Soil types and hydrology
      • Designing for maximum efficiency and lowest cost
      • Risk assessment and safe construction
      • Stacking functions and integrating earthworks into a design

      This practical handbook is the essential resource for permaculture designers, teachers and students, landowners, farmers, homesteaders, landscape architects, and others involved in maximizing the water harvesting potential of any landscape at the lowest cost and impact.

      Douglas Barnes is a permaculture designer trained in Australia by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He has designed and built earthworks in North America, Japan, and Andra Pradesh, India. He lives in Tweed, Ontario in a passive solar house he designed and built, and he blogs at permaculturerelections.com.


      Douglas Barnes is a permaculture designer and trainer who specializes in rainwaterharvesting earthworks. Trained in Australia by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, he has designed and built earthworks in North America, Japan, and Andra Pradesh, India. Douglas has an interest in complexity theory and systems ecology, educational design and rock climbing. He lives in Tweed, Ontario in a passive solar house he designed and built, and he blogs at permaculturerelections.com.

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    The Aquaponic Farmer A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System Adrian Southern Canada, Whelm King Canada
    9780865718586 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Fisheries & Aquaculture Publication Date:October 09, 2017
    $49.99 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.64 in | 789 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Profitable cold-water fish and vegetable production. Join the aquaponic farming revolution!

      Built around a proven 120' greenhouse system operable by one person, The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer that distills vast experience and complete step-by-step guidance for starting and running a cold-water aquaponic farming business—raising fish and vegetables together commercially. Coverage includes:

      • A primer on cold-water aquaponics
      • Pros and cons of different systems
      • Complete design and construction of a Deep Water Culture system
      • Recommended and optional equipment and tools
      • System management, standard operating procedures, and maintenance checklists
      • Maximizing fish and veg production
      • Strategies for successful sales and marketing of fish and plants.

      As the only comprehensive commercial cold-water resource, The Aquaponic Farmer is essential for farmers contemplating the aquaponics market, aquaponic gardeners looking to go commercial, and anyone focused on high quality food production.

      Aquaponic farming is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block. The Aquaponic Farmer is the toolkit you need.


      Adrian Southern is an aquaponic farmer and entrepreneur from the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. After founding and operating an intensive urban farm and managing a local farmers market, he is currently steeped in all things aquaponics. After years of system perfection, he founded Raincoast Aquaponics and raises trout and vegetables for a living.

      Whelm King is a business manager, project manager, and entrepreneur. He has worked and consulted in a wide variety of fields including the arts, agriculture, publishing, media, and law. His pursues his passions of food sustainability, ethics, and rock climbing in Nanaimo, BC.

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