Categories Archives: Agriculture

‘Victory of Global Significance’: Modi to Repeal Laws That Sparked Year-Long Farmers’ Revolt

“You Can Kill a Man, but You Can’t Kill an Idea” –  Medgar Evers This article first appeared in Common Dreams. “After a year of strikes—and having faced brutal repression that claimed some 700 lives—India’s farmers are victorious in their struggle.” By KENNY STANCIL Workers’ rights activists around the globe rejoiced on Friday after Indian Prime … Continue reading ‘Victory of Global Significance’: Modi to Repeal Laws That Sparked Year-Long Farmers’ Revolt

Uncontacted tribe’s land invaded and destroyed for beef production

This article originally appeared in Survival International. Featured image: Piripkura men Baita and Tamandua, photographed during an encounter with a FUNAI unit. The two men, who are uncle and nephew, have had sporadic interactions with the local FUNAI team, but returned to live in the forest. © Bruno Jorge New overflight photos have revealed that the land of one … Continue reading Uncontacted tribe’s land invaded and destroyed for beef production

Indigenous Papuans won their forest back from a palm oil firm, but still lack land title

This article originally appeared in Mongabay. Editor’s note: The strong focus on mapping forests mentioned in this article makes one suspicious. Mapping is needed for governments to control “natural ressources” and give concessions to companies to exploit them. It was never needed for indigenous populations, so far as, since they’ve known their landbase for millenia. … Continue reading Indigenous Papuans won their forest back from a palm oil firm, but still lack land title

Brazil farming co-op carves a sustainable path through agribusiness stronghold

This story first appeared in Mongabay. By Shanna Hanbury Coopcerrado, a farmer’s cooperative of 5,000 families, won the United Nations’ Equator Prize under the category of “New Nature Economies” due to its more than two decades of work in developing a farmer-to-farmer model of mutual support for training, commercializing and setting up organic and regenerative … Continue reading Brazil farming co-op carves a sustainable path through agribusiness stronghold

Returning to the Roots of Community Resilience in Hawai‘i

This article first appeared in Yes! magazine. By LIBBY LEONARD There are four things you should know,” says David Fuertes to the youths he mentors. “You should know your origins, because your ancestors have paved the way. You should know your values and connect in those values, because that’s going to drive you to make … Continue reading Returning to the Roots of Community Resilience in Hawai‘i

The Problem

This is an excerpt from the book Bright Green Lies, P. 1-7 By LIERRE KEITH “Once our authoritarian technics consolidates its powers, with the aid of its new forms of mass control, its panoply of tranquilizers and sedatives and aphrodisiacs, could democracy in any form survive? That question is absurd: Life itself will not survive, … Continue reading The Problem

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