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    Dude Making a Difference Bamboo Bikes, Dumpster Dives and Other Extreme Adventures Across America Rob Greenfield
    9780865718074 Paperback SELF-HELP / Green Lifestyle Publication Date:January 01, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.64 in | 532 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      How far would you go to save the planet? One man’s cross-country journey to radical sustainability.

      You want to do something for the planet, but what? Change a light bulb, install a low-flow faucet, eat organic? How about ride 4,700 miles across America on a bamboo bicycle, using only water from natural sources, avoiding fossil fuels almost completely, supplying your few electrical needs with solar power and creating nearly zero waste?

      Sound crazy? Maybe. But not if you're Rob Greenfield. Then it sounds like a pretty amazing way to bring your message to as many people as possible, and to have a great time doing it. Dude Making a Difference is Rob's first-person account of his incredible adventure in radical sustainability. Join him as he pedals from coast to coast in 3-½ months while:

      • Creating only 2 pounds of trash
      • Using just 160 gallons of water
      • Eating 284 pounds of food from grocery store dumpsters.

      This one-of-a-kind travelogue will inspire you to reexamine your relationship with the earth's resources. Rob's captivating stories of life on the low-impact road are rounded out by practical guides to help you reduce your personal ecological footprint and plan your own larger-than-life adventures. Author's proceeds from the sale of Dude Making a Difference will be donated to 1% for the Planet.

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      Rob Greenfield is an adventurer and environmental activist whose creative campaigns educate while they inspire. Whether he's surviving on water collected from leaky faucets or dining from a dumpster to illustrate America's Food Waste Fiasco, Rob's mission is to wake people up to their surroundings and help them to understand the local and global impact of their daily actions. He's crossed the US twice on a bamboo bicycle, gone a year without showering, and when not out adventuring, he lives in a 50 square foot tiny home in San Diego, all in the name of instigating positive social change.

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    The Urban Farmer Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land Curtis Stone Canada
    9780865718012 Paperback GARDENING / Urban Publication Date:December 01, 2015
    $29.95 CAD 7.25 x 9 x 0.48 in | 482 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      There are 40 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

      The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include:

      • Low capital investment and overhead costs
      • Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
      • Easy access to markets.

      Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

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      Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm based in Kelowna, BC. Farming less than half an acre on a collection of urban plots, Green City Acres grows vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants and retail outlets. After five successful seasons, Curtis has demonstrated that one can grow an extraordinary amount of food in a backyard, and make a good living doing it. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

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    The Planet Friendly Diet Your 21-day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health Cat Smiley Canada
    9780865718111 Paperback HEALTH & FITNESS / Diet & Nutrition Publication Date:January 01, 2016
    $29.95 CAD 7 x 10 x 0.51 in | 552 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Would you like to lose weight, feel great, and minimize the impact of your eating habits on the environment? The Planet Friendly Diet is a unique, all-inclusive program for a greener lifestyle based on responsible dietary choices. Jump start your journey to optimum health with the all-inclusive 21-day meal plan, and then apply the information in the accompanying nutrition guide to transform short-term success into long-term, sustainable results.

      Leading body-transformation expert and former professional skier Cat Smiley shares her simple step-by-step program for a complete detox and reboot. The diet is meat, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, and comes with a weekly shopping list to ensure zero-waste. All single-portion recipes:

      • Use fresh, every day ingredients
      • Cost less than $5
      • Are under 500 calories
      • Take no more than 20 minutes to prepare.

      Whether you want to give your eating patterns a complete makeover or just kick start a change towards a healthier life, The Planet Friendly Diet will motivate, educate and empower you. Fully-illustrated with mouthwatering images of each internationally inspired recipe, it's like having your very own nutrition coach and personal chef. Not only will you lose weight, get fit and feel great-you'll be contributing to a wider humanitarian cause.

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      Cat Smiley is an award-winning body transformation specialist and owner of Canada's premiere weight-loss retreat for women, Whistler Fitness Vacations. A former world-class skier, Cat has been named as Canada's top trainer three times by the International Sport Science Association, and also as one of the top 10 Boot Camp Instructors worldwide in 2012. She is a popular fitness and weight loss expert for many publications, and her fitness column Kick Start was nationally syndicated across Canadian community newspapers. Her goal is to inspire and educate people to find their happy size and live a healthier life through empowering them to make their own nutrition choices.
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    The Ethical Meat Handbook Complete home butchery, charcuterie and cooking for the conscious omnivore Meredith Leigh, Jean-Martin Fortier Canada
    9780865717923 Paperback COOKING / Specific Ingredients On Sale Date:November 01, 2015
    $24.95 CAD 7.25 x 9 x 0.51 in | 515 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Small-scale meat processing and preservation for the home cook.

      Nutrition, environmental impact, ethics, sustainability-it seems like there's no end to the factors we must consider when we think about our food. At the center of the dietary storm is animal-based agriculture. Was your beef factory-farmed or pasture-raised? Did your chicken free range, or was it raised in a battery cage? Have you, in short, met your meat?

      Most efforts to unravel the complexities of the production and consumption of animal protein tend to pit meat eaters and vegetarians against each other. The Ethical Meat Handbook seeks a middle ground, arguing that by assuming full responsibility for the food on our fork, and more importantly, the route by which it gets there, animals can be an optimal source of food, fiber, and environmental management. This hands-on, practical guide covers:

      • Integrating animals into your garden or homestead
      • Basic butchery: whole animal, primals, subprimals, and end-cuts, including safety and knife skills
      • Charcuterie: history, general science and math principles, tooling up, and recipes
      • Culinary highlights: getting creative, preparing difficult cuts, sauces, ferments, difficult cuts and extras.

      Eating diversely may be the most revolutionary and proactive action we can take to ensure the sustainability of our food system. The Ethical Meat Handbook challenges us to take a hard look at our individual dietary choices, increase our self-reliance and at the same time enjoy delicious food that benefits our health and our planet.

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      Meredith Leigh is a food and farming specialist who has been involved with many commercial and homestead herds of cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, and goats over the last 12 years. She has worked as a butcher, chef, teacher, nonprofit executive director and homesteader, all in search of realistic solutions for sustainable food.

      Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife Maude-Helene Desroches are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm famous for its high productivity-profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. He lives in Quebec, Canada.

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    Craft Distilling Making Liquor Legally at Home Victoria Redhed Miller
    9780865718043 Paperback HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living Publication Date:January 01, 2016
    $24.95 CAD 7.25 x 9 x 0.51 in | 515 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home. In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits. However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada.

      From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling is a complete guide to creating high-quality whiskey, rum and more at home. Experienced brewer, distiller and self-reliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller shares a wealth of invaluable information including:

      • Quality Spirits 101: Step-by-step recipes and techniques
      • Legal Liquor: An overview of the licensing process in the U.S. and Canada
      • Raising the Bar: Advocacy for fair regulations for hobby distillers.

      This unique resource will show you everything you need to know to get started crafting top-quality spirits on a small scale-and do it legally. Sure to appeal to hobbyists, homesteaders, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about fine food and drink, Craft Distilling is the ideal offering for independent spirits.

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      Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer, and homesteader. She speaks and writes extensively on topics including home distilling, bread baking, poultry keeping, and more. Victoria lives on a 40-acre off-grid farm in Washington State, and is also the author of Pure Poultry and the award-winning Craft Distilling .

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      IPPY Awards 2016, Commended
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    Fixing Fashion Rethinking the Way We Make, Market and Buy Our Clothes Michael Lavergne Canada
    9780865718005 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries Publication Date:October 01, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.51 in | 426 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Is global fashion a wolf in sheep’s clothing? An industry insider takes a hard look at the apparel trade.

      With sales of more than five hundred billion US dollars a year, the fashion industry is one of the most important sectors of the global economy, employing millions of men, women, and often children in the developing world. And yet its record is far from pretty. The collapse of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza with some thirty-five hundred desperately underpaid garment workers inside was a shocking example of what can go wrong when manufacturers ruthlessly cut costs while turning a blind eye to labor rights and workplace safety.

      Written by an apparel industry insider, Fixing Fashion argues that the true legacy of Rana Plaza is increased awareness of how cheap, disposable clothing has led time and time again to serious community, environmental, and labor rights abuses. Ethical supply chain professional Michael Lavergne explores:

      • The birth of the global apparel trade, from colonialism and slavery to today's neoliberal trade agenda
      • How the infamous race to the bottom has led to some of the worst social and environmental excesses in the global apparel industry
      • The rise of a new breed of entrepreneurs and stakeholders driving change and transparency across international supply chains

      By taking a hard look at the very real impacts of our consumer culture's addiction to disposable fashion, Fixing Fashion challenges each of us to take full responsibility for understanding the hidden cost of our clothes.

      Michael Lavergne is an ethical supply chain professional committed to sustainable fashion industry and the protection of labor, environmental and human rights in the developing world.

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      Michael Lavergne is an ethical supply chain professional who has spent the past eighteen years leading sourcing initiatives across Asia, Latin America, The Middle East, Africa and North American markets. He gained experience in labor, human rights and environmental issues in Central America, Mexico and SE Asia and has supported responsible industry development in East Africa and The Middle East. Michael has written on ethical trade issues for Canadian Business Magazine, The Toronto Star, and The National Post, among others. He is a board member of Fashion Takes Action, and speaks regularly at industry events such as The Sustainable Fashion Forum and the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable.

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    9780865718135 Paperback PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy Publication Date:October 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.51 in | 369 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      More than ever, people are longing for deep and meaningful change. Another world is not only possible; it is essential. Yet despite our creative and determined efforts to attain social justice and ecological sustainability, our global crises continue to deepen.

      In Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi, bestselling author Mark Boyle argues that our political and economic system has brought us to the brink of climate catastrophe, ransacking ecosystems and unravelling communities for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many. He makes a compelling case that we must "rewild" the political landscape, as history teaches us that positive social change has always been wrought by movements prepared to use any means available. The time has come for pacifists, revolutionaries, and freedom fighters to work together for the creation of a world worth sustaining. Eloquent, visionary and beautifully written, this incendiary manifesto strikes at the heart of the world's crises and reframes our understanding of how to solve them, signaling a turning point in our journey towards an ecologically just society.

      The three R's of the climate change generation-reduce, reuse, and recycle-are long overdue for an upgrade. Welcome to resist, revolt, rewild.

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      Mark Boyle lived completely without money for 3 years, and is the author of the bestselling book, The Moneyless Man, and The Moneyless Manifesto. He is a director of Streetbank.com, an online global sharing community, and the founder of 'The Free House', a smallholding and event space in Ireland that combines permaculture principles with gift-based values. His cash-free adventures have been featured in major media on several continents, inspiring thousands to commit to living better with less.
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    Soil Sisters A Toolkit for Women Farmers Lisa Kivirist
    9780865718050 Paperback BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business Publication Date:February 01, 2016
    $24.95 CAD 7.25 x 9 x 0.48 in | 482 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      The first practical, hands-on guide for female farmers

      Women in agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, but they face a host of distinct challenges and opportunities. Blending What Color is Your Parachute -style career advice with sustainable agriculture practices viewed through a gender lens, Soil Sisters provides a wealth of invaluable information for fledging female farming entrepreneurs.

      The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman's perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm operations. Key topics include:

      • Finding your niche: mid-life encore careers, young & beginning, boomerangs and more
      • From concept to crop: diversified farm start-up basics
      • Resources, grants & loans for women farmers.

      Soil Sisters also contains case studies, inspirational ideas and savvy advice nuggets from over 100 successful women farmers and advocates. Targeted specifically to members of the fastest-growing demographic in local agriculture, this highly readable guide is practical and pragmatic "Chick Lit" for today's food scene.

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      Lisa Kivirist is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She founded and directs the Rural Women's Project of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiative championing female farmers and food-based entrepreneurs. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of Homemade for Sale , Farmstead Chef , ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance . Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and sun in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin.

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      Foreword INDIES 2016, Nominated
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    Permaculture for the Rest of Us Abundant Living on Less than an Acre Jenni Blackmore Canada
    9780865718104 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture Publication Date:October 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.38 in | 319 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Adventures on the road to real-world self-sufficiency

      Many of us want to increase our self-sufficiency, but few have access to the ideal 5 sunny, gently-sloping acres of rich, loamy, well-drained soil. Jenni Blackmore presents a highly entertaining, personal account of how permaculture can be practiced in adverse conditions, allowing anyone to learn to live more sustainably in a less-than-perfect world. With a rallying cry of "If we can do it, you can too," she distills the wisdom of 20 years of trial and error into a valuable teaching tool.

      The perfect antidote to dense, high-level technical manuals, Permaculture for the Rest of Us presents the fundamental principles of this sometimes confusing concept in a humorous, reader-friendly way. Each chapter focuses on a specific method or technique, interspersing straightforward explanations with the author's own experiences. Learn how to successfully retrofit even the smallest homestead using skills such as:

      • No-till vs. till gardening, composting and soil-building
      • Natural pest control and integrating small livestock
      • Basic greenhouse construction
      • Harvesting, preservation and more.

      Ideal for urban dreamers, suburbanites and country-dwellers alike, this inspirational and instructional "encouragement manual" is packed with vibrant photographs documenting the author's journey from adversity to abundance.

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      Jenni Blackmore is a farmer, artist and writer who built her house on a rocky, windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia almost twenty-five years ago and has been stumbling along the road to self-sufficient living ever since. As a successful micro-farmer she produces most of her family's meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables, in spite of often-challenging conditions. She is certified as a Permaculture Design Consultant from the Falls Brook Centre in New Brunswick and has published 2 fiction titles for children and one for adults.

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    The Heart of Sustainability Restoring Ecological Balance from the Inside Out Andrés R Edwards
    9780865717626 Paperback NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection On Sale Date:November 01, 2015
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.48 in | 399 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      A thriving life and livable future for our planet starts with you.

      Amidst the doom and gloom that dominates the headlines, a different kind of story about an alternative and sustainable future is unfolding. The players are social activists, visionaries, revolutionaries, and cultural innovators, the backdrop is this Anthropocene: the tipping point of our global and environmental challenges, and the narrative is the molding of a new paradigm to shape our collective future, and make environmental change.

      The Heart of Sustainability delves into the human dimension of this burgeoning international movement with an aim to become climate activists and build a better world. Author Andrés Edwards frames the conversation about consciousness, activism, innovation, and sustainability by:

      • Explaining how self-development is a key driver for environmental planetary change
      • Describing how the confluence of the consciousness and technological revolutions provide unique opportunities for balance and fulfillment
      • Exploring how we can move forward individually and collectively to create a thriving, livable future from the inside out, during this Anthropocene.

      This landmark work illustrates the integration of the four Es: ecology, economy, equity, and education—the bedrock of the current sustainability framework-with the four Cs : conscious, creative, compassionate, and connected. Focusing on specific examples and concrete initiatives from social activists around the world, it shows us how to reconnect with ourselves, each other, and nature in order to tackle the climate change challenges we face as a global community.

      Andrés R. Edwards is the author of the award-winning Thriving Beyond Sustainability and The Sustainability Revolution. He is also the founder and president of EduTracks, a firm specializing education programs and consulting services on sustainable practices for museums, zoos, aquariums, culture and history centers.

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      Andres R. Edwards is the author of the award-winning Thriving Beyond Sustainability and The Sustainability Revolution . He is a sought-after speaker for radio and television, conferences, universities and business and community organizations throughout North America and abroad. He is also the founder and president of EduTracks, a firm specializing in designing and developing exhibits, print, media, education programs and consulting services on sustainable practices for museums, zoos, aquariums, culture and history centers, businesses and non-profits. www.andresedwards.com

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      Nautilus Book Awards 2015, Runner-up
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