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Growing a Green New Deal: Agriculture’s Role in Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability

     by Fred Iutzi and Robert Jensen / Resilience.org Propelled by the energy of progressive legislators elected in the 2018 midterms elections, a “Green New Deal” has become part of the political conversation in the United States, culminating in a resolution in the U.S. House with 67 cosponsors and a number of prominent senators lining up to join them. … Continue reading Growing a Green New Deal: Agriculture’s Role in Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability

Claims Against Meat Fail to Consider Bigger Picture

     by Richard Young – SFT Policy Director / Sustainable Food Trust Media attention has again highlighted the carbon footprint of eating meat, especially beef, with some journalists concluding that extensive grass-based beef has the highest carbon footprint of all. SFT policy director, Richard Young has been investigating and finds that while the carbon footprint … Continue reading Claims Against Meat Fail to Consider Bigger Picture

House Farm Bill Wipes Out Protections for Water, Wildlife From Pesticides

Legislation Guts Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Public Lands Protections      by Center for Biological Diversity WASHINGTON— In a narrow vote, on June 21 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 2018 Farm Bill that contains an unprecedented provision that would allow the killing of endangered wildlife with pesticides. With every Democrat and … Continue reading House Farm Bill Wipes Out Protections for Water, Wildlife From Pesticides

Why Agriculture? An Excerpt from “Against the Grain” by Richard Manning

Agriculture did not arise from need so much as it did from relative abundance. People stayed put, had the leisure to experiment with plants, lived in coastal zones where floods gave them the model of and denizens of disturbance, built up permanent settlements that increasingly created disturbance, and were able to support a higher birthrate … Continue reading Why Agriculture? An Excerpt from “Against the Grain” by Richard Manning

Farming for a Small Planet

     by Frances Moore Lappé / Local Futures People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale operations relying on corporate-supplied chemical inputs as the only high-productivity farming model. Another approach might be kinder to the environment and less risky for consumers, but, they assume, it would not be up to … Continue reading Farming for a Small Planet

What Does “Organic” Mean?

     by Francis Thicke, introduction by Steven Gorelick / Local Futures The organic food movement suffered a major setback recently, when the US National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted in favor of allowing hydroponically-grown products to receive the “organic” label. This decision should not have come as a surprise to those who have watched the organic movement … Continue reading What Does “Organic” Mean?

Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s December 8, 2013 Resistance Radio interview with Lierre Keith.  You can read Part 1 here. Browse all episodes of Resistance Radio or listen to audio of this interview: Jensen:  Let’s just use an example of the local Tolowa Indians, who lived here for at least 12,500 … Continue reading Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 2

Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 1

Editor’s note: This is an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s  December 8, 2013 Resistance Radio interview with Lierre Keith. Browse all episodes of Resistance Radio or listen to audio of this interview: Jensen: Today’s guest is Lierre Keith, the author of multiple books including The Vegetarian Myth and Deep Green Resistance. Jared Diamond has said that … Continue reading Resistance Radio: Lierre Keith on Agriculture, Part 1

Lummi Battle Atlantic Salmon Spill

Featured image: Still from video showing the broken pens of 300,000 Atlantic salmon that escaped from a fish farm off Cypress Island in Washington State. Vimeo/Wild Fish Conservancy      by Daniel Mesec / Indian Country Media Network The Lummi Nation, the third largest tribe in Washington State, is in a state of emergency following the … Continue reading Lummi Battle Atlantic Salmon Spill

Food Culture

by Lierre Keith / Deep Green Resistance. The food culture across the environmental movement is ideologically attached to a plant-based diet. That attachment is seriously obstructing our ability to name the problem and start working on the obvious solutions. Transition Town originator Rob Hopkins writes, “Reducing the amount of livestock will also be inevitable, as … Continue reading Food Culture