“Debunking the Stubborn Myth that Only Industrial Ag Can ‘feed the world’”

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Image courtesy of Marc Roberts Tom Philpott has been writing great articles covering issues related to agriculture & food security issues for quite some time at Grist. These two are no exception. With the recent global unrest being partially attributed to sky rocketing food costs and widespread environmental & ecological destruction directly tied to abysmal… Read more »

O-Farm Community Gardens, Hong Kong

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O-Farm Hong Kong is championed by PDC graduate Yip Tsz Shing. It is a wonderful community garden where very small spaces, just a few metres (8 square metres on average), are rented by Hong Kong residents. Some may travel up to an hour and a half each way to come and garden fresh organic food… Read more »

Why World Food Prices May Keep Climbing

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Editor’s Note: In addition to the post from Lester below, also check out this: "Warning Of ‘Food Price Riots In The UK’ — A senior economist at the worldwide bank HSBC has warned of civil unrest in Britain if food prices continue to soar." by Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute In February, world food prices… Read more »

The Price of Food is at the Heart of this Wave of Revolutions

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It seems as though the wheels are continuing to show signs of coming off as it concerns the issue of global food security. The recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa are a testament to that. It has caught everyone by surprise — experts and laypeople alike. The article that follows, which was… Read more »

The Need for Sustainable Agriculture – It’s So Obvious and Inevitable That Even The UN Has To Admit It

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Editor’s Note: Quite some time ago, I shared the big 400-scientist-strong IAASTD worldwide study that concluded that small scale, localised, ecological agriculture was an imperative we cannot afford to ignore any more. The post was titled The Food Crisis: “A Perfect Storm” – and How to Turn the Tide. If you missed it, do check… Read more »

Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food

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Vandana Shiva shares a lucid discussion on Monsanto’s inexplicable view of nature as the enemy of mankind, and their determination to sell us ‘liberation’ from it. Aside from being an impossible battle, it’s also a wholly misguided one, based on a self-interested, short-term-thinking profit mentality, rather than the much needed acceptance of, and cooperation with,… Read more »

Community Gardens Visited and Observed: Veggie Village in Peregian Beach

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Community gardens are a very valuable demonstration of how a community can grow its own food, provide its own power, harvest its own water from roofs and build appropriate buildings and infrastructure. They are a wonderful element in the community and permaculture people all over the world should support community gardens in all their forms…. Read more »

World One Poor Harvest Away From Chaos

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Today there are three sources of growing demand for food: population growth; rising affluence and the associated jump in meat, milk, and egg consumption; and the use of grain to produce fuel for cars. In early January, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that its Food… Read more »