Why transforming agriculture at home and abroad is key to rebuilding our economy.
Driving across the United States, the landscape of genetically modified corn stretches for hundreds of miles. Same crop, same variety, same methods, even the same seed company dominates the heartland--visual proof of the dominance of industrial agriculture. (Most of this vast sea of corn is used for animal feed or ethanol production rather than for human consumption...)
After a half-century of pioneering work by farmers and scientists, agroecology has finally penetrated international policy circles.
As Beth Koigi said, "Sometimes it is not the big projects that make the most impact. Anyone can do something that will change
In order to truly live out the ethics that were first set out for permaculture, the values of frugality, thrift, prudence, and simplicity need to be reworked into how we care for the earth and care for people.
The climate news gets scarier by the day. February obliterated all records as the warmest seasonally-adjusted month since measurements began. At this rate, we're on a path to blow through the 1.5º C temperature rise the nations of the world set as a goal at COP21 in a few years.
Another skirmish in the global battle over GMOs has broken out. Recently, a coalition of students delivered a petition with 57,309 signatures to ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences protesting an upcoming human feeding trial of genetically engineered (GE) bananas.
The assassination of Honduran indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres, in her home as she slept, has shaken human rights
1994 was an historic year in South Africa, the beginning of the dismantling of political Apartheid. The Anti- Apartheid Movement
A new analysis finds potentially transformative agricultural research isn’t getting the level of funding it probably should.
#EarthToParis : the "development vs. climate" dichotomy is false. We are connected, let's act connected.
The major threat faced by small farmers and those of us who eat (aka all of us) is the global expansion of large-scale, industrial agriculture.
Excerpts from an interview with Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador.
The encouraging news is that progress is underway. Around the world, communities are developing effective solutions to global food challenges, experimenting with new farming methods, food marketing, and policies that enable people and societies to feed themselves. They are also working to overcome structural injustices that impede access to food.
We selectively abandoned the Greek model of natural philosophy, living in harmony with the natural world, for the illusion of becoming the masters of the natural world and the cosmos.
In 1970, there was shock of learning that we smart Homo sapiens were actively shrinking our food supply by feeding a third of the world's grain to livestock that return to us only a small fraction of what they eat. We are creating scarcity from plenty.