Categories Archives: Agriculture

Robbing the Soil, 2: ‘Systematic theft of communal property’

This article originally appeared in Climate & Capitalism. It is part 2 of a series, read part 1 here. Featured image: Tenants harvest the landlord’s grain “The expropriation of the mass of the people from the soil forms the basis of the capitalist mode of production.” (Karl Marx) by Ian Angus “The ground of the parish … Continue reading Robbing the Soil, 2: ‘Systematic theft of communal property’

Robbing the Soil, 1: Commons and classes before capitalism

This article originally appeared in Climate & Capitalism. Featured image: Harvesting grain in the 1400s Editor’s note: We are no Marxists, but we find it important to look at history from the perspective of the usual people, the peasants, and the poor, since liberal historians tend to follow the narrative of endless progress and neglect … Continue reading Robbing the Soil, 1: Commons and classes before capitalism

Beavers are back: here’s what this might mean for the UK’s wild spaces

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. Editor’s note: “That repair should be the main goal of the environmental movement. Unlike the Neverland of the Tilters’ solutions, we have the technology for prairie and forest restoration, and we know how to use it. And the grasses will be happy to do most of the work … Continue reading Beavers are back: here’s what this might mean for the UK’s wild spaces

‘Long Overdue’: EPA Bans All Food Uses of Neurotoxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. “Finally, our fields are made safer for farmworkers and our fruits and vegetables are safer for our children.” “However, there is no excuse for manufacturing these substances, let alone deliberately releasing them into the environment.” Max Wilbert By Jessica Corbett Public health experts and labor rights advocates celebrated Wednesday … Continue reading ‘Long Overdue’: EPA Bans All Food Uses of Neurotoxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Glyphosate’s Toxic Legacy Exposed: Why This Weedkiller Should Be Banned

Editor’s note: As radical environmentalists, we can not understand how any culture can be so stupid to put poison on their own food. The widespread application of herbicides, pesticides and all kinds of poisonous chemicals to our holy mother earth’s surface as an attempt to control weed and insect “pests” is just another expression of … Continue reading Glyphosate’s Toxic Legacy Exposed: Why This Weedkiller Should Be Banned

Earth tipping points could destabilize each other in domino effect: Study

This article originally appeared in Mongabay. A new risk analysis has found that the tipping points of five of Earth’s subsystems — the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the Greenland Ice Sheet, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Amazon rainforest — could interact with each other in a destabilizing … Continue reading Earth tipping points could destabilize each other in domino effect: Study

Forest loss in mountains of Southeast Asia accelerates at ‘shocking’ pace

This article originally appeared in Mongabay. Southeast Asia is home to roughly half of the world’s tropical mountain forests, which support massive carbon stores and tremendous biodiversity, including a host of species that occur nowhere else on the planet. A new study reveals that mountain forest loss in Southeast Asia is accelerating at an unprecedented … Continue reading Forest loss in mountains of Southeast Asia accelerates at ‘shocking’ pace

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

Editor’s note: The Brexit gives the UK the chance to become independent from the very destructive EU agricultural policy. This is the time for UK activists to step up for rewilding. Featured image: Forest in Somerset, UK. Photo by Deb Barnes By Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University, and Darren Evans, Professor of … Continue reading Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

The Truth About the California Water Crisis

This article originally appeared in Counterpunch. By Joshua Frank “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.” – Mark Twain It doesn’t take too long once you’ve left the greater Los Angeles area, away from all the lush lawns, water features, green parkways, and manicured foliage to see that California is in the midsts … Continue reading The Truth About the California Water Crisis

The beef with Animal Rebellion and the synthetic meat revolution

Editor’s note: It’s sad and ironic how easily contemporary youth movements like Extinction Rebellion/Animal Rebellion are being coopted by neoliberal capitalism and how easily they are made to believe that big business, big tech and big agriculture can save the world. As Kim Hill points out in this article, they obviously completely lost connection to … Continue reading The beef with Animal Rebellion and the synthetic meat revolution