Manifestos of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture

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by Navdanya International The Manifesto on the Future of Seeds outlines ways and means to strengthen and accelerate the movement toward sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty, biodiversity and agricultural diversity and help defend the rights of farmers to save, share, use and improve seeds, as well as to enhance our collective capacity to adapt to the… Read more »

Hunger Games

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The rich world is causing the famines it claims to be preventing. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I don’t blame Mo Farah, Pele and Haile Gebrselassie, who lined up, all hugs and smiles, outside Downing Street for a photocall at the prime minister’s hunger summit(1). Perhaps they… Read more »

Why Australia Needs a “Peoples Food Plan”

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by Richard Widows We are in the early stages of a global food crisis, the likes of which has never previously been seen. Nearly 1 billion people (or 1 in 7) experience chronic hunger and another 1 billion are faced with serious nutritional deficiencies. Meanwhile, reports suggest that nearly 2 billion people are overweight. Combine… Read more »

The Great Impostors

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In the name of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying "this is mine", and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of… Read more »

Lead Soldiers

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A new front opens up in the war against nature. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I have long seen the Countryside Alliance as a neo-feudal organisation, run by the landowning class and resentful of the intrusions of democracy upon its traditional privileges. The Alliance, whose board is… Read more »

The Australian National Food Plan – Have Your Say!

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National Food Plan, Green Paper 3.75mb PDF The Australian federal government has issued a green paper on a National Food Plan for public consultation, which will include a series of public meetings in various places over the next several weeks, until September 30, 2012. This is an excellent opportunity for permaculturists, localvores, agro-ecologists, etc., to… Read more »

Australian Researchers Look into Alternative Forages for Horses

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Browsing (feeding on vegetation other than grasses) may be an important aspect of the equine diet that is often overlooked, yet it may play an important role in the digestive health and the natural behaviour of horses. Scientists at the University of New England (NSW, Australia) are embarking on a research project to improve our… Read more »

For Those Who Love Life

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The people cutting open bluefin tuna nets are heroes by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. One of the purposes of government is to protect public goods threatened by the self-interest of unscrupulous people or corporations. But what happens when governments fail? When they are either unwilling or unable… Read more »

Coevolution

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Kay Baxter All photographs © Craig Mackintosh The more I learn about living simply, about permaculture design, about seeds and gardening, about food, nutrition, animals and about health and the regeneration of our soils and our own DNA, and about epigenetics, the more I realise our challenge is all about "stepping back into that circle… Read more »