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Nora Kravis' farm is the first livestock enterprise in Europe that was certified as a predator-friendly business, meaning that it uses non-lethal means of controlling the presence of predators – guard dogs and electric fences. When she first settled in Tuscany and started keeping goats more than 30 years ago, farm life was a pastoral idyll, she tells us – with no reason to fear any threats from nature. And the people were glad that someone new was taking care of the deserted rural territories. About 10 years ago, things changed, when the dramatically growing number of wolves in the area (from one or two in the 1970s to 300 today) started to attack, while the new guidelines of environmental politics forbade to hunt them. In the first attack on one of her herds, she lost over 30 goats in one night. As a reaction, she decided to start working with a traditional breed of shepherd's dogs. That was a success: for over four years, she hasn't had an attack. Her "wolfologist", a wolf expert she works with, says that she has developed a relationship with the neighboring wolf pack, a sort of non-aggression agreement. But working with and feeding the dogs costs a lot of money and time, two things that most livestock farmers are not willing or able to spend.

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  • Nora Kravis

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Chianti Cashmere

moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Chianti Cashmere

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