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Philip Ackeman-Leist

Philip Ackeman-Leist
Philip Ackerman-Leist is the director of the Farm & Food Project at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, where he founded and directs the nation’s first online Masters in Sustainable Food Systems graduate program. He and his family also raise grassfed American Milking Devon cattle on their farm in Pawlet, Vermont. Philip is the author of two books, Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems and Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader.

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Cultivating Values on the College Farm, or, Revisionist History Has No Future

There are plenty of awful factory farms in the U.S. living up to the expression that “meat is murder.” So why did a small college going the extra mile to be humane and sustainable face an orchestrated avalanche of wrath when it planned to slaughter two of its admittedly iconic oxen?

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Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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