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Can Agroecology Bring Jobs To America’s Heartlands?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 03.01.2017 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The introduction of the new book from Food First and Groundswell International “Fertile Ground: Scaling agroecology from the ground up” offers a b...

Agroecology and industrial farming: leveling the playing field

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 08.05.2016 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

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...)

Great News From The UK?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Good News
Frances Moore Lappe

From $2 to $3 trillion--that's the yearly cost of (mostly hidden) damage done to our natural resources by increasingly capital-intensive agriculture, ...

If Agroecology Is So Great, Why Aren't All Farmers Doing It?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 07.08.2016 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

After a half-century of pioneering work by farmers and scientists, agroecology has finally penetrated international policy circles.

Youth Environmentalism Around the World: A Partnership Between The Pollination Project and Levi Strauss & Co.

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.15.2016 | Green
Ari Nessel

As a young woman growing up in Kenya, Beth Koigi became extremely sick from drinking dirty water. One of five children, Beth's access to clean water w...

Permaculture as a Gringo Movement

Tobias Roberts | Posted 04.22.2016 | Green
Tobias Roberts

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.

False Solutions? 3 Ways to Evaluate Grand Climate Proposals

Jeremy Lent | Posted 03.25.2017 | Green
Jeremy Lent

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.

Yes, We Need No GMO Bananas

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 03.18.2017 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

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.

Berta Cáceres: Denouncing the structures of terror

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 03.05.2017 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The assassination of Honduran indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres, in her home as she slept, has shaken human rights communities worldwide....

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

Bill Ayres | Posted 01.13.2017 | 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 polit...

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 would have...

In Climate Talks, Learn From the Real Climate Change Heroes

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 12.02.2016 | 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 negotiati...

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

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 11.29.2016 | 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 09.22.2016 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 05.27.2016 | 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 05.19.2016 | 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 | Home
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.