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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

a quitté le Long Island pour la Toscane il y a plus de 40 ans pour se lancer dans la vie rurale. Aujourd'hui, elle possède 300 chèvres, produit du cachemire durable et est la première éleveuse de bétail d’Europe à employer des stratégies tolérantes envers les prédateurs.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain
Plus d'informations : Chianti Cashmere

a quitté le Long Island pour la Toscane il y a plus de 40 ans pour se lancer dans la vie rurale. Aujourd'hui, elle possède 300 chèvres, produit du cachemire durable et est la première éleveuse de bétail d’Europe à employer des stratégies tolérantes envers les prédateurs.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain
Plus d'informations : Chianti Cashmere

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