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Agroecology

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

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 | Food
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.

Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Agroecology can actually conserve and protect both soil and water -- through terracing, contour farming, intercropping and agroforestry -- and absorb greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems and costs, making cities more livable, and creating jobs in a stagnant global economy.

UN: Eco-Farming Feeds the World

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Paula Crossfield

For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the good food movement has been, "Can organic agriculture feed the world?" According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat yes.

We Can Feed the World Sustainably, Humanely

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Gunther

Agroecological farming, which improves food production and farmers' incomes while at the same time protecting the soil, water and climate, could feed an estimated nine billion people by 2050.