Agroecology leading the fight against India’s Green Revolution – The Ecologist


The Ecologist

Agroecology leading the fight against India's Green Revolution
The Ecologist
For the women farmers of Tamil Nadu life has long been a struggle, Sheelu Francis told Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau, all the more so following the advent of 'Green Revolution' industrial agriculture. So now women's collectives are organising to restore

Forced to rely on agroecology, as sanctions ease will Cuba embrace … – Genetic Literacy Project

Forced to rely on agroecology, as sanctions ease will Cuba embrace
Genetic Literacy Project
Choosing agro-ecology was a practical decision. Cuba is ready for an industrial-agricultural relapse if the occasion arises. At odds aren't just two different farming systems, but two different social approaches. Climate change has already reduced

Here’s why industrial food is deceivingly cheap – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Here's why industrial food is deceivingly cheap
Christian Science Monitor
These studies are assessing the misplaced environmental and social costs of different agricultural commodities–rice, livestock, palm oil, inland fisheries, maize, and agroforestry. The results from these studies will be published in an Interim Report

Here’s Why Industrial Food Is Deceivingly Cheap – Food Tank (blog)


Food Tank (blog)

Here's Why Industrial Food Is Deceivingly Cheap
Food Tank (blog)
These studies are assessing the misplaced environmental and social costs of different agricultural commodities–rice, livestock, palm oil, inland fisheries, maize, and agroforestry. The results from these studies will be published in an Interim Report

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in … – Upside Down World


Upside Down World

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in
Upside Down World
"We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers' social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agriculture in … – Truth-Out

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agriculture in
Truth-Out
Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. (Photo courtesy of MAOES)Beverly Bell interviewed Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador, about agroecology as a tool for liberation.

Spotlight on green news & views: the Durango spill; fossil fuel cash for … – Daily Kos

Spotlight on green news & views: the Durango spill; fossil fuel cash for
Daily Kos
Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador—by Bev Bell: "An interview with Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador. We say that every square meter of land

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in … – Huffington Post


Huffington Post

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in
Huffington Post
We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers' social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist

For the kids

Children around the globe are routinely exposed to pesticides — and sometimes the outcomes are drastic. It’s been over two years since school children in a village in Bihar, India fell severely ill from eating a pesticide-laden lunch, leading to the death of 22.

I’m writing to remember that tragic and avoidable incident, and to remind myself that children remain at risk — here in the U.S. and around the world — when our industrial agricultural system continues to depend on the use of highly hazardous pesticides.

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Opinion: ASEAN Must Unite Against Climate Change | Inter Press Service – Inter Press Service


Inter Press Service

Opinion: ASEAN Must Unite Against Climate Change | Inter Press Service
Inter Press Service
Lastly, ASEAN leaders must also ensure that policies will be in place to shift the funding support from industrial agriculture to sustainable agricultural practices promoting agro-ecology and sustainable ecosystems. ASEAN can do this by ensuring that

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration – Ecology Global Network


Ecology Global Network

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration
Ecology Global Network
Seeking to elevate sustainable forms of agriculture such as agroecology, holistic grazing, cover cropping, permaculture, and agroforestry over industrial practices that degrade soil, introduce toxins to the food supply—and exacerbate climate change—a

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration – eNews Park Forest


eNews Park Forest

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration
eNews Park Forest
Seeking to elevate sustainable forms of agriculture such as agroecology, holistic grazing, cover cropping, permaculture, and agroforestry over industrial practices that degrade soil, introduce toxins to the food supply—and exacerbate climate change—a

Agroecology can ‘save the world’ from GMO-led industrial agriculture – Genetic Literacy Project

Agroecology can 'save the world' from GMO-led industrial agriculture
Genetic Literacy Project
Imagine the scenario: world food production has become concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite who, backed by powerful governments, have succeeded in creating a captive market of farmers around the world dependent on them for everything from seed to …

Can agroecology save us from ‘scorched-earth’ agriculture? – The Ecologist

Can agroecology save us from 'scorched-earth' agriculture?
The Ecologist
Industrial agriculture has become a prime driver of many of the world's most serious problems, writes Henrietta Moore: the loss of wild and farmed biodiversity, huge climate-changing emissions, and the entrapment of small farmers in ever-deepening

Habitat suitability of the invasive water hyacinth and its relation to water quality and macroinvertebrate diversity in a tropical reservoir

Publication date: Available online 7 April 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Tien Hanh Thi Nguyen , Pieter Boets , Koen Lock , Minar Naomi Damanik Ambarita , Marie Ane Eurie Forio , Peace Sasha , Luis Elvin Dominguez Granda , Thu Huong Thi Hoang , Gert Everaert , Peter L.M. Goethals
In this study, we assessed the relationship between the occurrence of the invasive water hyacinth ( Eichhornia crassipes ) and water quality properties as well as macroinvertebrate diversity in a tropical reservoir, situated in western Ecuador. Macroinvertebrates and physico-chemical water quality variables were sampled at 32 locations (during the dry season of 2013) in both sites covered and non-covered by water hyacinth in the Daule-Peripa reservoir. The results indicated that, in terms of water quality, only turbidity was significantly different between sampling sites with and without water hyacinth (Mann-Whitney U-test, p < 0.01). The habitat suitability model showed that water hyacinth was present at sites with a low turbidity. The percentage water hyacinth cover increased with decreasing turbidity. The Biological Monitoring Working Party-Colombia score and the Margalef diversity index were significantly higher (Mann-Whitney U-test, p < 0.01) at sampling sites where water hyacinth was present compared to water hyacinth absent sites. However, there were no significant differences in the Shannon–Wiener index, Evenness index and Simpson index between the sampling sites with and without water hyacinth. Our results suggest that water hyacinth cover was an important variable affecting the diversity of macroinvertebrates in the Daule-Peripa reservoir, with intermediate levels of water hyacinth cover having a positive effect on the diversity of macroinvertebrates. Information on the habitat suitability of water hyacinth and its effect on the physico-chemical water quality and the macroinvertebrate community are essential to develop conservation and management programs for large tropical reservoirs such as the Daule-Peripa reservoir and the Guayas river basin, where water resources are being at high risk due to expansion of agricultural and industrial development activities.

In Bid to Up Green Cover, TNAU forms Industrial Agroforestry Consortium – The New Indian Express

In Bid to Up Green Cover, TNAU forms Industrial Agroforestry Consortium
The New Indian Express
The Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI) implemented a National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) on Industrial Agroforestry from 2008 to 2014. In order to take advantage of the progress made in this project, the institute has
Consortium to improve green cover in Tamil Nadu Hindu Business Line



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TNAU launches Consortium of Industrial Agroforestry – Business Standard

TNAU launches Consortium of Industrial Agroforestry
Business Standard
A Consortium of Industrial Agroforestry was launched today at Forest College and Research Institute, a constituent college of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), at Mettupalayam. A consortium of this type would help bring farmers, research

Unknown Pleasures: Permaculture Takes Root in Trenton – Planet Princeton


Planet Princeton

Unknown Pleasures: Permaculture Takes Root in Trenton
Planet Princeton
Permaculture is a design science based on ethics, said McGurk, derived in large part from the traditional knowledge of indigenous people who lived close to their land for eons before industrial society and industrial farming spread across the globe

The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture – Dollars & Sense

The Failure of Modern Industrial Agriculture
Dollars & Sense
Their farming methods may be called “agroecology,” “nature farming,” or “permaculture.” They all fit under the conceptual umbrella of sustainable agriculture. They are committed to meeting the food needs of all in the present without diminishing

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Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis – The Ecologist (blog)


The Ecologist (blog)

Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis
The Ecologist (blog)
The recently published Global Nutrition Report shows almost all countries face high levels of malnutrition and diet-based ill-health, writes Julia Wright. This reveals deep problems with the dominant industrial model of food production, and the need

Science Notes: Computer knows when to hold ’em; secretive songbird finds a … – Buffalo News


Buffalo News

Science Notes: Computer knows when to hold 'em; secretive songbird finds a
Buffalo News
… warblers in nearly 40 million acres of plantations from eastern Texas to southeastern Virginia. “Before the 1920s there was no such thing as industrial pine agroforestry,” he said. “Birds and mammals and all sorts of creatures are now being exposed

France’s agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming – RFI


RFI

France's agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming
RFI
Yet, France is making strides in enacting “green” policies and promoting agroecology, including a new bill recently passed that is known as the “future of agriculture, food and forestry,” which is centred on promoting efficient and sustainable agriculture.

France’s massive agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming – RFI


RFI

France's massive agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming
RFI
Yet, France is making strides in enacting “green” policies and promoting agroecology, including a new bill recently passed that is known as the “future of agriculture, food and forestry,” which is centred on promoting efficient and sustainable agriculture.

Will Hawai’i lawmakers stand up to Monsanto & Co?

Later today, the Hawai'i House Committee on Agriculture will take up an important bill that could create new protections from pesticides for children. But if prior votes are any indication, the committee — and the industrial agricultural interests driving it — will be a tough obstacle to overcome.

We've seen this same showdown on island after island, as each county has attempted to enact new protections on the use of pesticides or pesticide-promoting genetically engineered seeds and crops. And we've also seen the force with which, each time, Monsanto and the rest of the Big 6 pesticide corporations have tried to stop these laws in their tracks.

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International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Final Report

FAO held the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition at its headquarters in Rome on September 18 and 19, 2014. Approximately 400 people from 61 different countries (including Permanent Representatives and staff members of representations, FAO / IFAD / WFP staff members, their guests and external participants) attended the event and an additional 186 people followed the Symposium through live streaming.

Steve Gliessman, Chair of CAN’s Board of Directors, chaired the opening plenary. He noted that the focus of Agroecology was originally at the local systems level, but has gradually increased to entire food systems and is now understood as a participatory action research process that leads to sustainability and resilience, as a movement of change and justice.

Steve and Pablo Tittonell reported the key findings and emerging themes of the first one and half days to the plenary. The main findings were: “By the final wrap up session, it was clear that the ecological foundation and food system focus of Agroecology provides an action-oriented approach for simultaneously developing alternative food systems, while transforming the current industrial model. FAO is in a unique position to help build a global agroecological network. The Symposium emphatically demonstrated that the stakeholders represented have everything necessary to make this transformation happen. It only requires action, vision, responsibility towards future generations and above
all courage.”

Key Outcomes

The Symposium generated the following key outcomes:

  • a proposal to continue the dialogue initiated through three regional meetings to be held in 2015;
  • a large amount of scientific evidence and examples of best practices already adopted in many different ecologies and the commitment to finalize proceedings;
  • the recommendation to accompany countries requesting FAO’s assistance to promote national policy dialogue and research on Agroecology and expand partnership towards a local level;
  • recommendation to operationalize Agroecology into FAO’s operational Work Plan for SO2 and other SOs, and to mainstream some ongoing planned national activities and projects towards Agroecology.

Next Steps

Based on the success of the Symposium and FAO’s commitment to facilitate three regional meetings in 2015 in Latin America, Africa and Asia, FAO is looking forward to collaborate with the relevant interested actors on this action plan. More precisely, the Director-General outlined the following points as next steps for FAO:

  • FAO will organize three regional meetings in 2015 in Latin America, Africa and Asia, under the leadership of the Regional Offices (Brazilian government offered to host the Latin America meeting in collaboration with FAO-RLC);
  • The Director-General mentioned during the United Nations Climate Change Summit that participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology called for a United Nations wide initiative on Agroecology in order to help sustainably promote food security, address climate change and build resilience;
  • The Director-General appointed Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, DDG-N as the person responsible for this way forward.

To download the complete report, check here.

REDD+ to the rescue of Central Africa’s forests? Not yet, study says – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

REDD+ to the rescue of Central Africa's forests? Not yet, study says
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
“It is more promising to look at agroforestry or artisanal logging to be combined with industrial logging to enhance the financial values of concessions. Organizing a credible multiple-use forest management inside logging concessions is a major

Can Whole Foods’ Responsibly Grown certification change mainstream farming? – Treehugger


Treehugger

Can Whole Foods' Responsibly Grown certification change mainstream farming?
Treehugger
While we love the growth of small-scale agroecology and the spread of farmers' markets everywhere, it seems likely that a large proportion of our food will continue to come from big farms and major industrial farming operations. If Whole Foods can help …

Something myth-ing? What they don’t tell us about African agriculture – New Internationalist (blog)


New Internationalist (blog)

Something myth-ing? What they don't tell us about African agriculture
New Internationalist (blog)
More and more evidence has been pouring in which shows that sustainable agriculture – or agroecology – can produce yields comparable to, and often larger than, industrial agriculture. But that's not all. There are also huge positive knock-on effects of …

Industrial Pollution in Bay of Havana Down 76% – Latin American Herald Tribune

Industrial Pollution in Bay of Havana Down 76%
Latin American Herald Tribune
Among those measures he mentioned programs of agroforestry, environmental and energy education, and an ecological theme park for the restoration of the natural landscape that will also feature children's installations, a seaside resort and a lookout

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Industrial Pollution in Bay of Havana Down 76 Percent – Latin American Herald Tribune

Industrial Pollution in Bay of Havana Down 76 Percent
Latin American Herald Tribune
Among those measures he mentioned programs of agroforestry, environmental and energy education, and an ecological theme park for the restoration of the natural landscape that will also feature children's installations, a seaside resort and a lookout

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Industrial pollution in Bay of Havana down 76 pct – GlobalPost


GlobalPost

Industrial pollution in Bay of Havana down 76 pct
GlobalPost
Among those measures he mentioned programs of agroforestry, environmental and energy education, and an ecological theme park for the restoration of the natural landscape that will also feature children's installations, a seaside resort and a lookout

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Industrial pollution in Bay of Havana down 76 pct – Fox News Latino

Industrial pollution in Bay of Havana down 76 pct
Fox News Latino
Among those measures he mentioned programs of agroforestry, environmental and energy education, and an ecological theme park for the restoration of the natural landscape that will also feature children's installations, a seaside resort and a lookout

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Study claims agroecology closes organic yield deficit with conventional farming – Genetic Literacy Project

Study claims agroecology closes organic yield deficit with conventional farming
Genetic Literacy Project
Agroecology — the science of sustainable agriculture — must be taken seriously by policy makers, land grant universities, the National Science Foundation and big philanthropy, all of whom have preferred to invest in high-input, industrial agriculture

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No more Bhopals

Thirty years ago, I’d never heard of Bhopal, India. Now to many, “Bhopal” — the site of one of the worst industrial accidents in history — signifies disaster, and justice denied. Marking today's solemn 30th anniversary of the deadly gas leak from a pesticide manufacturing facility, people around the world are saying, "We all live in Bhopal."

The 1984 disaster was a global wake-up call — but many more changes are needed so that history doesn't repeat itself. The corporations responsible for the deadly event are still not being held accountable, and Bhopal residents continue to suffer from the impacts all these years later.

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Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the road – International Viewpoint

Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the road
International Viewpoint
Badrul Alam emphasized the question of agro-ecology as an alternative to industrial agriculture. “The earth's future is alarming due to climate change. We need a deep cut in carbon emissions from developed countries, as they are responsible for climate …

Bangladesh: Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the … – Socialist Resistance

Bangladesh: Caravan for Food Sovereignty Climate and Gender Justice hits the
Socialist Resistance
Badrul Alam emphasized the question of agro-ecology as an alternative to industrial agriculture. “The earth's future is alarming due to climate change. We need a deep cut in carbon emissions from developed countries, as they are responsible for climate …

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis – Toward Freedom

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis
Toward Freedom
New scientific research increasingly shows how “agroecology” offers environmentally sustainable methods that can meet the rapidly growing demand for food. Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of …

GE labeling in Oregon & beyond

As I strolled through downtown Ashland, Oregon, last week, I was struck by how many “Yes on 92” signs and stickers I saw. There is clear, visible support from businesses and individuals for the measure to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.

And as the measure heads for a vote on November 4, industrial agriculture groups are pulling out all the stops to keep this ballot initiative from winning. Even so, there is an incredible groundswell of support for labeling GE food in Oregon and beyond. Things are looking hopeful!

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Opening a Window in the Cathedral of the Green Revolution | Steve Gliessman and Pablo Tittonell

Posted in: News   Topics: Agroecology and Food Systems,


“Agroecology is opening a window in the ‘Cathedral of the Green Revolution.” With these words, the Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. José Graziano da Silva, began his closing remarks at the end of the two-day symposium titled “Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition,” held at FAO’s headquarters in Rome, Italy, September 18-19, 2014. He was referring to the impressive results of two days of presentations, discussions, and debate about how agroecology must be considered as a key focus for developing global alternatives for solving the complex issues of hunger, poverty, food production, climate change, and agricultural sustainability.

More than 400 participants from over 30 countries gathered to take part in what was a ground-breaking symposium. For the first time the FAO considered the importance of agroecology as an organizing principle for future programs in food security and nutrition. The focus was not just on increasing production. It was on understanding food systems as cultural systems, with people at the center of the system, rather than the current industrial model focused on yield maximization at all costs, the use of non-renewable resources, and using all available production technologies. Ecological and social diversity and complexity, rather than simplicity and homogeneity, were called for as alternatives to the extractive and degrading monoculture approach that dominates the world’s food systems today.

Download the complete editorial by Steve Gliessman and Pablo Tittonell. [Reprinted with permission: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Volume 39, issue 2 (In Press)]
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Extracting Ourselves From The Extractivist Mindset: Review of This Changes … – CounterCurrents.org

Extracting Ourselves From The Extractivist Mindset: Review of This Changes
CounterCurrents.org
Community-controlled renewable energy, industrial planning with local sourcing and job protection, support for worker cooperatives, decentralized farming based on agroecology rather than industrial models—all are good places to start, she suggests.

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Extracting Ourselves from the Extractivist Mindset – Dissident Voice


Dissident Voice

Extracting Ourselves from the Extractivist Mindset
Dissident Voice
Community-controlled renewable energy, industrial planning with local sourcing and job protection, support for worker cooperatives, decentralized farming based on agroecology rather than industrial models—all are good places to start, she suggests.

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Agroecology and Social Transformation


Reprinted from: Gliessman, S.R. 2014. “Agroecology and Social Transformation. Editorial.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Volume 38, issue 1.

Agroecology and Social Transformation

With its foundation in the three interconnected areas of science, practice, and social change movements, agroecology must position itself to guarantee food sovereignty, food security, and food justice for all people, in rural as well as urban communities.  This will require the transformation of the current agro-food system that has created an extensive environmental, political, economic, financial, and food system crisis. This crisis faces all of modern civilization, by the expanding inequality, increasing poverty, and environmental degradation caused by the multi-national corporations that monopolize the modern food chain.   Add to this climate change and the disastrous impact of the current coffee rust epidemic in Central America, and the urgency for food system transformation is paramount. We look to agroecology for ways to ensure this transformation happens as soon as possible.

The above paragraph is a summary of the declaration drawn up by the 45 participants from 11 countries in the 15th International Agroecology Shortcourse that took place at the Estelimar Center in Estelí, Nicaragua July 6-18, 2014. Co-sponsored by the non-profit Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and The Association for Social Development of Nicaragua (ASDENIC), the course was titled “Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development.” Through a combination of lectures, community forums, posters, panel discussions, site visits, and participatory interactions in communities where agroecological transformation is in progress, participants received a broad introduction to agroecology as an action-oriented endeavor. Everyone came away with the full realization that agroecology offers important tools for transforming food systems by working at the local level and with local knowledge as a foundation. From there, science and practice can be linked to establish alternative food systems for all people, and can provide models for the transformation of our food systems to sustainability.

At the same time, course participants voiced strongly that agroecology must not be captured by or try to conform its goals and objectives to the current food system. By linking ways of knowing and different knowledge systems from which can emerge new ways of action, the transdisciplinary power of agroecology can emerge and truly transformative change will occur. To learn more about the course, visit the CAN website in English at www.canunite.org, or the ASDENIC website in Spanish at www.asdenic.org.

This important theme is highlighted in the article by Levidow et al. (2014) in this issue of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.  If agroecology is going to contribute to real change, especially away from the monocultural, large-scale, external input-intensive, socially unjust, and corporate concentration of the current industrial model of food systems, the commitment to transformational change and alignment with social movements working for food system change is paramount. The attempt to consider the approach of “sustainable intensification” as agroecology is an example of conforming with the current paradigm.  Intensification focused primarily on increasing yields and efficiency, without changing the dominant paradigm, is not sustainable nor is it agroecology in its complete definition. 

Our journal looks forward to promoting and publishing examples of “transformational” agroecology, where science, productive practice, and social change are combined. This is why we are the journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Steve Gliessman

Editor, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Reference: Levidow, L., M. Pimbert, and G. Vanloqueren.  2014. “Agroecological research: Conforming – or transforming the dominant agro-food regime?” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 38(10): In press.

 

 

The Observer Review: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs … – The Texas Observer

The Observer Review: Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs
The Texas Observer
… demand, she suggests, government programs such as community-controlled renewable energy, industrial planning based on local sourcing and job protection, support for worker cooperatives, and decentralized nonindustrial farming based on agroecology.

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UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world – The Ecologist

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world
The Ecologist
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a …

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UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the the world – The Ecologist

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the the world
The Ecologist
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a …

Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate … – Nassau News Live

Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate
Nassau News Live
This can only be addressed by shifting current industrial agricultural practices to diversified food systems focused on food security and agroecology. Fortifying and safeguarding small-scale farmers is the best remedy to address rural unemployment and …

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Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate … – SYS-CON Media (press release)

Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate
SYS-CON Media (press release)
This can only be addressed by shifting current industrial agricultural practices to diversified food systems focused on food security and agroecology. Fortifying and safeguarding small-scale farmers is the best remedy to address rural unemployment and …

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Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate … – PR Newswire (press release)

Message to United Nations: Small Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate
PR Newswire (press release)
This can only be addressed by shifting current industrial agricultural practices to diversified food systems focused on food security and agroecology. Fortifying and safeguarding small-scale farmers is the best remedy to address rural unemployment and …

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The Hidden Cost of Fear Mongering: How the Environmental Working Group … – Pacific Standard

The Hidden Cost of Fear Mongering: How the Environmental Working Group
Pacific Standard
Kniss has degrees in agronomy and agroecology, is well published in leading journals, and has a stated interest in “developing sustainable weed management programs.” His work—as is the case for most weed scientists—focuses largely on the industrial …

30 years later, justice still delayed for Bhopal

Three legal developments in the last week — in New York, New Delhi and Bhopal — set back the quest for compensation and contamination cleanup for residents of Bhopal who were killed or injured in the 1984 pesticide plant explosion, one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

Not only were local residents harmed directly by the blast, but contamination at the accident site continues to put the surrounding community's health at risk. At the center of the past week's legal proceedings is the issue of corporate accountability for crimes against humanity, with Dow Chemical front and center.

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Why Zimbabwe Should Continue to Say ‘No’ to Genetically Engineered Crops … – AllAfrica.com

Why Zimbabwe Should Continue to Say 'No' to Genetically Engineered Crops
AllAfrica.com
GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African …

Now What? Scientists Call for a Better Way to Invest in the Future of Agriculture – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Now What? Scientists Call for a Better Way to Invest in the Future of Agriculture
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
It's based on the emerging science of “agroecology,” and cutting edge research is showing that it can be just as productive as the dominant industrial model while avoiding a lot of the problems that come with it. And today, UCS is launching a statement

Review Of ‘The Systems View Of Life: A Unifying Vision’ By Capra And Luisi – Seeking Alpha

Review Of 'The Systems View Of Life: A Unifying Vision' By Capra And Luisi
Seeking Alpha
A chapter is devoted to the current paradigm battles between genetically-modified crops and industrial-scale monocultures using pesticides versus agro-ecology which is now practiced more widely in many countries as markets for natural, non-toxic, …

‘The Systems View Of Life: A Unifying Vision’ By Capra And Luisi – Seeking Alpha – Seeking Alpha

'The Systems View Of Life: A Unifying Vision' By Capra And Luisi – Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha
A chapter is devoted to the current paradigm battles between genetically-modified crops and industrial-scale monocultures using pesticides versus agro-ecology which is now practiced more widely in many countries as markets for natural, non-toxic, …

Structural and functional response to metal toxicity in aquatic Cyperus alopecuroides Rottb

Publication date: Available online 18 June 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Riffat Batool , Mansoor Hameed , Muhammad Ashraf , Sana Fatima , Tahira Nawaz , Muhammad Sajid Aqeel Ahmad
Morpho-anatomical and physiological response of Cyperus alopecuroides Rottb. (Family Cyperaceae), occurring in industrial-polluted water near Sheikhupura, Pakistan to metal (Ni and Cd) stress was examined. Two levels (30 and 60 mg L−1) of each of Ni and Cd were maintained during the experiment. Growth and development was severely affected by both metals, however, Cd was more toxic than Ni, although Ni was absorbed readily by the roots and its considerable amount was translocated to aerial plant parts due to its mobile nature. In contrast, high amount of Cd were retained in the roots. Specific root physio-anatomical modifications for Ni tolerance were found result from leaf turgor potential, high accumulation of organic osmolytes, enhanced sclerification, and aerenchyma formation, while leaves were more developed bulliform cells and stellate parenchyma. Cd tolerance was found to be related to accumulation of organic osmolytes, thick epidermis and endodermis, enhanced sclerification, and stellate cell formation in stem, and well developed bulliform cells in leaves. The structural and functional response of metal toxicity was very specific in C. alopecuroides depending on the type of metal which enabled this species to survive successfully in metal-polluted wetlands.

Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed – Independent European Daily Express

Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed
Independent European Daily Express
The Canadian journalist travelled to southern France, China, India and the province of Quebec in her own country to observe how small farmers apply their practical knowledge of agriculture – defined as either organic, agroecological or sustainable.

Cultivating resilience to feed the world

Crazy weather we’ve been having this winter: monster snowstorms across New England, record-breaking freezes in the Midwest, drought, wildfires (in January!) and weirdly hot days in California. 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.

At the same time, a growing number of farmers and scientists are realizing that 1) continued reliance on the energy, water and chemical-intensive industrial model of agriculture is simply no longer an option and 2) our most robust response to today’s converging stresses lies in cultivating resilience and food democracy.

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Conventional vs. organic? Missing the mark (again)

Earlier this week, the industrial agriculture-backed Alliance for Food and Farming launched a new effort to challenge organic farming. And yesterday an article was posted on Slate underscoring many of the same points — challenging the benefits of organic food and farming, and downplaying the harms of pesticides to children.

We wholeheartedly agree with the Slate article author that eating fruits and veggies is important to children's health. But as I noted in a media statement yesterday, the fruits and vegetables children eat should provide nutrition to their bodies without exposing them to health harms that can last a lifetime. 

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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Understanding the Katsina-Songhai Initiative – AllAfrica.com

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Understanding the Katsina-Songhai Initiative
AllAfrica.com
That includes the provision of soil improvement facilities, crop genetic improvement facilities, post-harvest facilities, renewable energy facilities and establishment of an industrial park for primary production and agro forestry. To demonstrate its

Annual GDP growth projected to reach 5.42 per cent – VietNamNet Bridge


VietNamNet Bridge

Annual GDP growth projected to reach 5.42 per cent
VietNamNet Bridge
Among industries showing growth have been agro-forestry and the fisheries sectors, posting a 2.67 per cent increase, compared to last year. Industrial and construction sectors rose 5.43 per cent, which was lower than the growth rate of 5.75 per cent

Dramatic decline in industrial agriculture could herald ‘peak food’ – Raw Story


Raw Story

Dramatic decline in industrial agriculture could herald 'peak food'
Raw Story
Two years ago, a landmark report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food demonstrated that agroecology based on sustainable, small-scale, organic methods could potentially double food production in entire regions facing persistent hunger

Dramatic decline in industrial agriculture could herald ‘peak food’ – The Guardian

Dramatic decline in industrial agriculture could herald 'peak food'
The Guardian
Two years ago, a landmark report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food demonstrated that agroecology based on sustainable, small-scale, organic methods could potentially double food production in entire regions facing persistent hunger

Role of universities in climate change debate – University World News

Role of universities in climate change debate
University World News
Research funding pours in to support industrial agricultural technologies, with potential for privatiseable intellectual property rights, while there is virtually nothing available to support the knowledge-intensive agro-ecology that we really need to

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Food security forum: Is GE food the solution to global hunger? – The Community Word (blog)


The Community Word (blog)

Food security forum: Is GE food the solution to global hunger?
The Community Word (blog)
True conventional farming dates back thousands of years and includes organic farming, agro-ecology, green agriculture and conservation agriculture. Modern industrial farming should accurately be called chemical farming and has been practiced only since 

Industrialized agriculture brings change in Turkey

We’ve all heard versions of the story, and many of us have relatives or ancestors who were a part of it. Small farmers, the story goes, are being squeezed out of business by large-scale, “industrial agricultural” corporations. Forced to buy patented, more expensive but higher-yielding hybrid seeds and the fertilizer and pesticides they require from multinational conglomerates, farmers harvest larger crops but at the price of rising debt. It is sometimes portrayed as a David and Goliath morality play — with Goliath winning — but the reality is much more complicated.

Geochemical evidence of human impacts on deep Lake Fuxian, southwest China

Publication date: Available online 24 October 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Wen Liu , Jinglu Wu , Haiao Zeng , Long Ma
Human activities in Lake Fuxian and its catchment have caused environmental changes that are preserved in the geochemical records of lake sediments. Human activities responsible for the environmental changes include agriculture, mining, industrial development, and fishery management. To elucidate human impacts on this deep water body during the past several decades, two short sediment cores were collected from the lake, dated by 137Cs, and analyzed for several geochemical variables (total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), δ13C and heavy metals). The multi-proxy geochemical and isotopic evidence can be used to divide the limnological record into a 3-part history. Although increasing inputs of chromium (Cr) had begun as early as the 1950s, human activities, including heavy metal contamination, apparently had little effect on lacustrine production, as δ13C, TOC, TN and TOC/TN were relatively constant until the 1980s. Mining and industry have generated large amounts of heavy metal elements such as Zn, Pb and Cd that have been deposited into the lake since the 1980s, increasing to their highest concentrations over the last decades. Zn, Pb and Cd probably were released by industrial processes such as the manufacture of cement. Cr concentrations increased at site FB, but declined at site FZ, most likely due to the closer proximity of site FB to the source of metal production. From the middle of the 1980s, the decreased δ13C, and increased TOC, TN and TOC/TN suggest a broad change in lake ecology. In the 1980s, a new fish species was introduced into Lake Fuxian and fish yields increased quickly, which may mark the beginning of a change in ecosystem structure.

New industrial tribunal at Mohali approved, workers to get full wages – Punjab Newsline


Punjab Newsline

New industrial tribunal at Mohali approved, workers to get full wages
Punjab Newsline
In order to help the farmers whose gardens/ orchards have been devastated by water logging and who want to convert them into Agro forestry, the Cabinet has decided that there would be no change in the presently applicable water allowance. In compliance 

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Is Organic Farming the Key to Solving Hunger? And Climate Change? – TakePart

Is Organic Farming the Key to Solving Hunger? And Climate Change?
TakePart
“What people are realizing is, first of all, industrial agriculture is not feeding the world,” Altieri, Professor of Agroecology at UC Berkley, said in a phone interview. “Most of what it produces is biomass, which is for cattle, biotech crops, and
Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Huffington Post



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Use of traditional paddy cultivation as a means of climate change adaptation … – The Island.lk (subscription)

Use of traditional paddy cultivation as a means of climate change adaptation
The Island.lk (subscription)
Impacts of Agricultural Technologies", Evans Schools of Public Affairs, University of Washington. M.A. Altieri, 2008, "Agroecology: Environmentally Sound and Socially Just Alternatives to the Industrial Farming Model", University of California

CIFOR Places a Quarter of Recent Indonesian Forest Fires in Industrial Plantations – IISD Reporting Services

CIFOR Places a Quarter of Recent Indonesian Forest Fires in Industrial Plantations
IISD Reporting Services
Together with the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Eyes on the Forest, CIFOR carried out a mapping exercise revealing that industrial oil palm and acacia plantations accounted for 21 per cent of the area burned

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial … – Reuters AlertNet

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial
Reuters AlertNet
Analyses by the World Resources Institute (WRI), Eyes on the Forest, and the World Agroforestry Centre of available concession maps from official national and provincial government offices, superimposed on daily fire alerts from NASA, showed that the

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Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial … – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Research: Nearly a quarter of June fires in Indonesia occurred in industrial
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Analyses by the World Resources Institute (WRI), Eyes on the Forest, and the World Agroforestry Centre of available concession maps from official national and provincial government offices, superimposed on daily fire alerts from NASA, showed that the

Bhopal ruling: Justice denied

It's been almost 29 years since a Union Carbide pesticide plant exploded in Bhopal, India. The 1984 tragedy — one of the worst industrial accidents in history — has killed at least 20,000 people, and contamination at the accident site continues to put the surrounding community's health at risk.

Last month, a New York court once again denied justice for Bhopal victims when it upheld a previous judgment dismissing all claims against Union Carbide and its former CEO, Warren Anderson. Attorney Rajan Sharma, who represented the survivors, called the decision a "whitewash."

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Proposed toxics law: Kids deserve better

There's a new toxics bill in town. A few weeks ago, a draft law emerged in the Senate to overhaul the dramatically outdated national rules that govern "industrial chemicals" — aka the thousands of impossible-to-pronounce ingredients in everyday products, from household cleaners to couches, water bottles to children's toys.

Major reform of these rules is long overdue, but unfortunately the new bill is problematic. Unless significantly strengthened, it won't adequately protect the most vulnerable among us — particularly our children — from the harms of toxic chemicals. We can, and must, do better.

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Toxic Algae and No-Till—The Environmental Darling of Industrial Agriculture … – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Toxic Algae and No-Till—The Environmental Darling of Industrial Agriculture
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
We already know that, while providing some real benefits, conservation tillage also has substantial limitations compared to agroecological approaches that reduce erosion, such as growing cover crops. Cover crops are grown to protect soil when cash