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The Cutting Edge Method for Producing Food Just Might Be the Old Method for Producing Food

May 18, 2015

By Taylor Dolven

Cross-posted from Vice News

Originally posted on May 8, 2015

Photo Credit: Vice News

The world's population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050 — and that's putting extraordinary pressures on the agricultural sector, especially as climate change is expected to wither many productive areas around the world, while submerging others during increasingly frequent floods.

Echoing the mantra of the 1960s Green Revolution, many nations — and big agricultural interests — say chemical fertilizers and high-yield, industrial-scale farming operations are the logical response to this daunting task of producing more food under increasingly harsh environmental conditions.

Going against grain, though, are proponents of agroecology, which emphasizes growing many crops simultaneously, on smaller plots of land, without expensive chemistry. Rather than fertilizers, proponents of the practice use cover crops, such as arugula, buckwheat, and rye, to enrich their fields. And, instead of pesticides, they cultivate flowers and trees in order to attract insects that prey upon the bugs that might jeopardize their harvests.

Comunidades Garifunas de Punta Piedra y Cusuna rechazan presencia de Ramón Lobo y su empresa minera

May 13, 2015

Las comunidades Garífunas de Punta Piedra y Cusuna, en horas de la mañana del día de ayer, declararon persona no grata al Sr. Ramón Lobo, hermano del ex-presidente Pepe Lobo, el que acompañado de varios vehículos incluyendo uno perteneciente a INHGEOMIN, trataron de visitar el lugar donde aparentemente el estado de Honduras otorgó una concesión minera no metálica, sin haber efectuado ninguna consulta previa, libre e informada con la comunidad.

Mine-affected communities in Honduras defend public access to water sources

May 1, 2015

By Sandra Cuffe

Cross-posted from Beacon Reader

Originally published on April 25, 2015

 

Communities still reeling from the impacts of Goldcorp’s San Martin gold mine in the Siria Valley gathered at an open town hall meeting on April 18 to express their opposition to a tourism project that would cut off public access to key water sources.

Final declaration of the 6th Congress of CLOC Via Campesina

April 27, 2015

Cross-posted from Via Campesina

Originally published on Friday 24 April

 

On the International Day of Peasant Struggles and after a march through Buenos Aires streets from the US Embassy, an imperialistic symbol, to the Argentinean Rural Association, a symbol of agribusiness in the country, the organizers shared the final statement of the 6th Congress of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) which you can read below. The document is a result of eight days of debates and was read by representatives of the Youth Assembly of CLOC.

Montreal, Quebec’s City Center Turns into Camp to Advocate for Social Housing

April 24, 2015

By: Bora Mici

Originally posted on April 23, 2015

Cross-posted from Global Site Plans

 

Starting May 21, 2015, the Popular Action Front for Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) will establish its “open-ended camp” in Montreal’s city center, a camp that has received the support of around 20 celebrities.

The Rebel, Oronto Douglas: Memorial for a Friend

April 22, 2015

By guest author Daphne Wysham

Oronto Douglas in the Niger Delta he worked to defend. Photo- Steve Kretzmann

If they knew him at all, the world knew Nigerian Oronto Douglas as the former attorney for the writer, playwright and Ogoni human rights activist Ken Saro Wiwa. Despite Oronto's and even President Bill Clinton's best effort, Ken was framed and hanged in 1995 together with 8 other Ogoni men who dared resist Shell Oil's drilling in their homeland under former dictator Sani Abacha. Or perhaps the world knew Oronto as a top advisor to the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.

To his friends, Oronto was so much more. He was a man of profound sacrifice, service, love, integrity, and faith. He was a true Christian, taking to heart the message of the rebel Jesus. Like Jesus, he was at his most fierce in taking on the money-lenders in the temple. Oronto's "temple" was the natural world, and in particular, the lush and verdant landscape of the Niger Delta. In speeches and interviews, he took on the oil companies and their backers, repeatedly proclaiming, "They drill and they kill!" He urged people of conscience to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Leader, Wins Goldman Prize

April 20, 2015

From Other Worlds' latest Newsletter April 20, 2015:

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Berta Caceres and the people of Rio Blanco set up a road blockade to prevent DESA's access to the dam site. For well over a year, they withstood multiple eviction attempts and violent attacks from militarized security contractors and the Honduran armed forces. (Photo Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize)

Today, the Goldman Environmental Prize - the most prestigious environmental award in the world - honors our dear sister Berta Cáceres and the fight for indigenous lands and participatory democracy in Honduras.

Chinese citizens sue government over transparency on Monsanto herbicide

April 17, 2015

By Dominique Patton

Cross-posted from Reuters

Originally published on April 8, 2015

 

(Reuters) - Three Chinese citizens are taking China's Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report supporting the approval of Monsanto's popular weedkiller, Roundup, 27 years ago.

Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else

April 15, 2015

By Ryan Zinn

Cross-posted from Common Dreams

Originally published on April 13, 2015

'Compared to large-scale industrial farms, small-scale agroecological farms not only use fewer fossil fuel-based fertilizer inputs and emit less GHGs, including methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide (CO2), but they also have the potential to actually reverse climate change by sequestering CO2 from the air into the soil year after year.' (Image: Fair World Project)

Record-breaking heat waves, long-term drought, “100-year floods” in consecutive years, and increasingly extreme superstorms are becoming the new normal. The planet is now facing an unprecedented era of accelerating and intensifying global climate change, with negative impacts already being widely felt. While global climate change will impact nearly everyone and everything, the greatest impact is already being felt by farmers and anyone who eats food.

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