Tags Archives: Food security

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

Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East

Featured image:  Ercan Ayboğa      by Sean Keller / Local Futures The Mesopotamian Ecology Movement (MEM) has been at the heart of Rojava’s democratic revolution since its inception. The Movement grew out of single-issue campaigns against dam construction, climate change, and deforestation, and in 2015 went from being a small collection of local ecological groups to a full-fledged … Continue reading Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East

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?

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

Pinyon-Juniper Forests, Pine Nuts, and True Sustainability

   by Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance A windmill blade knocks the head off a Cooper’s hawk interrupting the late afternoon peace in Spring Valley, just outside Ely, Nevada. The blade tosses the hawk’s body onto yellow gravel the power company spread, over living soil, in circles around their windmills. The ever-present Great Basin … Continue reading Pinyon-Juniper Forests, Pine Nuts, and True Sustainability

The Great Deceleration

In 2015, a major study of 24 indicators of human activity and environmental decline titled "The Great Acceleration" concluded that, “The last 60 years have without doubt seen the most profound transformation of the human relationship with the natural world in the history of humankind”.[1] We have all seen aspects of these trends, but to look at the study’s 24 graphs together is to apprehend, at a glance, the totality of the monstrous scale and speed of modern economic activity. According to lead author W. Steffen, “It is difficult to overestimate the scale and speed of change. In a single lifetime humanity has become a planetary-scale geological force.” ... Continue reading →

Survival International: The Ayoreo

By Survival International Of the several different sub-groups of Ayoreo, the most isolated are the Totobiegosode (‘people from the place of the wild pigs’).  Since 1969 many have been forced out of the forest, but some still avoid all contact with outsiders.  Their first sustained contact with white people came in the 1940s and 1950s, … Continue reading Survival International: The Ayoreo

Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging

By Dan Bacher / Intercontinental Cry In the early morning hours before daybreak on May 2 in the fire-impacted conifer forest near Seiad Valley in the Klamath River watershed, 27 people including Tribal youth, river advocates and forest activists blocked the road leading to the Klamath National Forest’s Westside salvage logging project. Demonstrators held banners that … Continue reading Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging

Resistance Radio – Raven Gray – 12.27.15

Today we feature an interview with Raven Gray, a member of Deep Green Resistance and a visionary writer, educator and activist. A permaculture designer for over 15 years, she is a pioneer of the Transition Towns Movement. In 2007, she founded Transition US, a nonprofit that inspires the emergence of resilient communities that can thrive … Continue reading Resistance Radio – Raven Gray – 12.27.15