Shift from ‘comparative advantage’ to first principle that ‘Natural resources, including land and water, must first feed our own population’

This must be addressed through a radical agrarian reform that sets minimum and maximum thresholds for agricultural property regulates the land, agriculture, and food markets uses tax policies to prohibit speculative investments in food and agriculture shifts agricultural production to local and national markets at the expense of export to international markets. Excerpt June 2019, A French version of this …

How Monsanto manipulates journalists and academics

Carey Gillam, Clean Technica, Sun 2 Jun 2019 59 Monsanto’s own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller’s possible links to cancer  Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, one of the world’s most popular herbicides, may cause cancer. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto’s deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been …

Climate Crisis Brings Historic Delay to Planting Season, Pressuring Farmers and Food Prices

Common Dreams May. 29, 2019 By Eoin Higgins Farmers in the Midwest are watching the spring planting season shrink due to the climate crisis as damaging storms and flooding are making fields from Oklahoma to Arkansas impossible to sow, a situation that is driving grain prices up in futures markets in a way that could have devastating consequences. A lower yield of corn and soybeans is …

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

By Binoy Kampmark, Dissidentvoice.org, May 28, 2019, | EDUCATE!  MONSANTO, SCIENTIFIC DECEPTION AND CANCER Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the …

Agriculture takes up more than a third of the world’s land surface, uses nearly 75 percent of freshwater resources and contributes up to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions

Jennifer Molidor, Center for Biological Diversity. Agriculture takes up more than a third of the world’s land surface, uses nearly 75 percent of freshwater resources and contributes up to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. In the agricultural industry, beef production takes the biggest bite out of …

Micro-farm model being tested for food deserts and two-thirds of urban farmers who are failing to make a living, with sales under $10,000 per year

During a recent project training session, growers gathered around their trial run beds of radishes and baby lettuce. [ideastream / Lecia Bushak] Featured Audio Lecia Bushak May 20, 2019, New ‘Micro Farm’ Model Tested At OSU Mansfield Urban Agriculture Project During a recent training session, a group of urban farmers in Mansfield, Ohio, huddled around a small raised bed of radishes, examining the crop’s …

Electric vehicle emissions are much lower than focusing on combustion vehicle fuel efficiency. The energy used to create ethanol, if used as electricity in an EV instead, would carry it much further for lower emissions.

Farming Carbon Capture Has Potential, But Is Not A Magic Bullet, May 22nd, 2019 by Michael Barnard  In April 2019, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) hosted a farming carbon capture webinar and then, in conjunction with The Energy Mix, published a report on the proceedings. The premise is straightforward. Better farming techniques with potentially some additional biotechnology will increase the capacity of tilled soil to retain carbon. The …

 What cities could learn from the slow food movement: Recognize that technology can create platforms for citizens to immerse themselves and engage meaningfully in different experiences within the urban environment.

Recognize that technology can create platforms for citizens to immerse themselves and engage meaningfully in different experiences within the urban environment. 04.27.19, Fast Company, What cities could learn from the slow food movement: Smart cities should go slow. [Photo: Ben Duchac/Unsplash] BY LAKSHMI PRIYA RAJENDRAN All over the world, governments, institutions, and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications, and …

Western Industrial Farming Is Eating Our Forests and Accelerating Climate Chang: Different Incentives for Producers Needed

Apr 17 2019 Western Industrial Farming Is Eating Our Forests and Accelerating Climate Change: The dynamics of deforestation are increasingly inseparable from the growing demand for food from consumers in the most developed countries. Humans are eating the world’s forests. Not directly, of course—but a spate of new studies shows we might as well be. This is, of course, extremely bad …

Book highlights: Weather from the Ground Up: Biodiversity Helps Shape Local Climate. And Dirt to Soil: Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture, by Gabe Brown (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018) from Loretto Earth Network News, May 2019 Picture this exchange. I’m at a Motherhouse Farm and Land Management Committee meeting when I mention that I was so excited about reading Dirt to Soil that I read it straight through while I was on vacation in Florida.  After a brief pause, one …