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Patriarchy is an Environmental Issue

Editors Note: This essay by Deep Green Resistance co-founder Lierre Keith was originally published on the DGR News Service in August 2015 under the title, “The Girls and the Grasses.” We think it an exceptional piece, and would like to share it again. [Photo by Max Wilbert, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.] by Lierre  Keith Captured in … Continue reading Patriarchy is an Environmental Issue

Rubber: The Achilles Heel of Industrialization

Editor’s note: large sections of this article are inspired by Without Rubber, the Machines Stop by Stop Fossil Fuels. Deep Green Resistance does not endorse their organization or their analysis but it’s worth reading. by Liam Campbell It’s easy to take rubber for granted. Without it, most of the world’s vehicles would literally grind to … Continue reading Rubber: The Achilles Heel of Industrialization

Questioning Unquestioned Beliefs: What the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Teaches Us

By Will Falk and Sean Butler Photo: 2009 algae bloom in western Lake Erie. Photo by Tom Archer. It should be clear to anyone following the events surrounding attempts by the citizens of Toledo, OH, with help from nonprofit law firm the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), to protect Lake Erie with the Lake … Continue reading Questioning Unquestioned Beliefs: What the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Teaches Us

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?