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Agricultural Apartheid Is Alive and Well in South Africa: 14 Million People are Hungry

Bill Ayres | Posted 01.14.2016 | Impact
Bill Ayres

Norah Mlondobozi from the Rural Women's Assembly in South Africa 1994 was an historic year in South Africa, the beginning of the dismantling of poli...

We Know How To Make Farms More Sustainable, But We're Not Doing It

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact

Two years ago, when acclaimed food journalist Michael Pollan trumpeted “the most encouraging ag research finding of recent years,” most w...

In Climate Talks, Learn From the Real Climate Change Heroes

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

Drawn from World Hunger: 10 Myths, by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. World leaders in Paris are in the midst of critical climate negot...

Rural Leaders to Paris: With Innovation, the "Development vs. Climate" Dichotomy Is False

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

#EarthToParis : the "development vs. climate" dichotomy is false. We are connected, let's act connected.

How to Defeat Big Agriculture

Chung-Wha Hong | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Chung-Wha Hong

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.

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Beverly Bell

Excerpts from an interview with Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador.

Agroecology Can Empower the World's People to Feed Themselves

Lori Ann Thrupp | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Lori Ann Thrupp

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.

How the Greeks Explained the World

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.20.2015 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

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.

My Vegan BBQ at the EPA, Really

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

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.

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism

Salena Tramel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Salena Tramel

A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record.

Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 02.08.2015 | Science
Eric Holt Gimenez

The largest meta-analysis to date comparing yields of organic and conventional agriculture concluded that the "yield gap" between the two is much smaller than previously claimed and for some crops, doesn't exist at all.

The Food Sovereignty Prize 2014: A Focus on People & Agroecology

Bill Ayres | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Bill Ayres

The idea of "food sovereignty" emerges from and energizes an international movement, growing from the bottom up.

Agroecology: A Different Approach to Agriculture

Stéphane Le Foll | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Stéphane Le Foll

As resources are becoming increasingly scarce, we must take it upon ourselves to make better use of them. I have always remembered that the most precious energy is that which we do not waste.

Climate Change and Food Sovereignty: The People's Climate March

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Eric Holt Gimenez

The best intentions of world leaders tend to sputter and fail without the power of social movements pushing hard to ensure they actually do the right thing. That is why people from more than 750 organizations will converge in New York City for the People's Climate March.

Overcoming Obstacles to Agroecology

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The silence surrounding agroecology is profoundly disturbing. Proposals for "sustainable intensification" or "climate smart" GMOs can only be peddled as answers to the problems of hunger and global warming by studiously avoiding agroecological science and practice.

The 2014 World Food Prize: Onward to the Glorious Past

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The 2014 World Food Prize represents a polite repackaging of the Green Revolution's past glory in order to open a new market and reaffirm its monopoly over the global effort to end hunger.

The Wrong -- and Right -- Solution For Feeding 9 Billion People

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The five steps (freeze agriculture's footprint, grow more on existing farms, use resources more efficiently, shift diets, reduce waste) are all good technological fixes, none of which are terribly complicated. So if they are so great, why aren't we implementing them?

Cultivating Resilience to Feed the World

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

For many farmers across the country and around the world, all this extreme weather -- on top of ever-intensifying environmental and economic stresses -- is pushing them to their edge.

5 Reasons to Get on the Soapbox for GMO Labeling

David Bronner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
David Bronner

My family's company has donated over 2.3 million dollars to this cause because a win in Washington State will lead to national labeling. Whether you live in Washington, or elsewhere in the U.S., this is a food fight that affects all of us.

The Science Behind Hawaii's GMO Bill 113

Hector Valenzuela | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Hector Valenzuela

A new paradigm of sustainable agroecosystems is required, to meet community food security needs, and to satisfy the growing consumer demand for locally-grown, wholesome, toxic-free, and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

The Food Sovereignty Prize: Antidote to the World Food Prize Debacle

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

What do all these efforts have in common? They are grounded in sustainable, equitable and dignified livelihoods.

Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

This award not only communicates a false connection between GMOs and solutions to hunger and agricultural degradation, but it also diverts attention from truly "nutritious and sustainable" agroecological approaches already proving effective.

Traditional Sacred Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Traditional farmers share a respect for the land and the people who eat what they raise on that land. This means they follow ancient traditions of agrarian knowledge and practice. Some even touch the gods with their farming.

Via Campesina and the Fight for Seeds

Salena Tramel | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Salena Tramel

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Monsanto and its patented seeds last Monday by throwing out a case tirelessly petitioned for by organic farmers. It was only last month Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the agricultural giant's "license agreement" yet again.

Of Myths and Men: Mark Lynas and the intoxicating Power of Technocracy

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.06.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Why do certain people and ideas suddenly capture the limelight while others go unnoticed? Others seem never to go away... The recent ascent of environmental writer Mark Lynas to prominence in the debate on genetically modified crops (GMOs) is a lesson in the power of myths.