The Global Land Rush

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What is new now is the scramble to secure land abroad for more basic food and feed crops—including wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans—and for biofuels. These land acquisitions of the last several years, or “land grabs” as they are sometimes called, represent a new stage in the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity. They are occurring […]















Midway: A Message From the Gyre

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On a remote island civilization is killing the inhabitants from thousands of miles away. Tragic video about the consequences of our actions and choices as a society and individually. MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.















Big green groups are more trouble than climate deniers

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Not everyone agrees with Naomi Klein’s take on the problems facing us and what stands in our way. I think her criticism is worth engaging and I tend to agree with her analysis of how our economic system relates to our ecological crisis. Now, in a new interview with Jason Mark of Earth Island Journal, she lambastes […]















Ecuador: The Rights of Nature Threatened in Yasuní National Park

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Important article on current events in Ecuador. On August 27, 2013, Indigenous and environmentalist activists took to the streets of Ecuador to protest against a reversal in government plans not to drill for oil in the ecologically sensitive Yasuní National Park in the eastern Amazon basin. UNESCO designated the park as a world biosphere reserve […]















David Roberts’ top 20.5 parting insights

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David Roberts has done a masterful job in summing up the state of affairs as regards climate change and public policy. Not sure if I agree with every point, but it’s impressive to be so succinct and insightful through a medium such as Twitter. Hope he has a good year off. Here are my favorites: […]















We Dont Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

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Consuelo Castillo, a community organizer in Lempira, a land reform settlement in Bajo Aguán, said, “Our goal is for everyone who is part of the land occupations to have access to land. Land is our first mother. For us farmers, we dont have life without land.” via We Dont Have Life without Land: Holding Ground […]















Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

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But even if we meet farmers at the farmers market, urban consumers are still largely divorced from the people who grow, pick and package our food. And we may even willfully ignore their suffering, argues Seth Holmes, a medical anthropologist and professor of health and social behavior at the University of California, Berkeley, in his […]