News

11/25/2020

San Miguel de Allende/Irapuato - Ecologists from Guanajuato announced that they will file a protection petition for the revocation of the recently approved "Urban Tree Law" because they do not defend... Read more

Andy Merrifield

10/31/2020

Our most insightful urban commentators generally agree that the liveliest cities are those with greatest diversity. Diversity of activities, diversity of people. Jane Jacobs long ago highlighted the... Read more

Joint Communiqué of the Observatorio Ciudadano and El Charco del Ingenio

11/21/2020

In response to the lawsuits filed in 2019 by El Observatorio Ciudadano de los Sanmiguelenses AC and El Charco del Ingenio AC before the State Administrative Justice Tribunal, requesting that the... Read more

11/12/2020

Let's get to work...

How can we educate ourselves for action? In action itself. The gift of promoting actions and small sustainable changes - to achieve actions and big changes... Read more

Sharon Kelly and Frances Rankin

11/18/2020

This article was published as part of the launch of DeSmog’s Agribusiness Database, where you can find a record of... Read more

10/02/2020

Small actions ... big changes …

They say that hope is a voluntary construction to start changing the world. And while many are in a "waiting" situation, there are others who... Read more

10/14/2020

Valuing is conserving…

In the epicenter of a watershed that has been overexploited to the maximum despite the warnings and exhaustive work of environmental groups such as CEDESA... Read more

Dr. Vandana Shiva

10/27/2020

Since the onset of the Neolithic Revolution some 10.000 years ago, farmers and communities have worked to improve yield, taste, nutritional and other qualities of seeds. They have expanded and passed... Read more

Victor M. Toledo

10/20/2020

The world cannot take it anymore, that is, societies and nature. The evidence is there with the confluence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ecological crisis on local, regional, national and global scales... Read more

Dave Dickey

10/22/2020

As COVID-19 unrelentingly spread across the U.S. this summer it has become abundantly clear that our agricultural system – from farm to fork – can't handle a pandemic. The novel corona-virus exposed... Read more

Monica Nickelsburg

10/19/2020

Some states are addressing the bottleneck in the industry by allowing state inspectors to approve direct-to-consumer and interstate sales. And new federal legislation could make those efforts possible... Read more

10/06/2020

Global Call for Solidarity Action

(Harare, October 6, 2020) This October 16th, the International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against... Read more

Thalif Deen

10/09/2020

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 9 2020 (IPS) - With the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations and its affiliated agencies continue to hold a monopoly of... Read more

Katharine Earley

09/24/2020

A critical new book released on 24th September by United Nations’ World Agriculture Report (IAASTD) members calls for an accelerated transformation of our food systems. In “Transformation of our food... Read more

Noah Cohen

09/16/2020

Despite much uncertainty and upheaval of our economy during the 2020 outbreak, many organic farms have been bright spots of the COVID-19 economy. With consumers now having 100% control over their food... Read more

Kristina "Kiki" Hubbard and Cathleen McCluskey

09/11/2020

When Brian Campbell and Crystine Goldberg of Uprising Seeds in Bellingham, Washington, opened a letter from German multinational chemical... Read more

Victor M. Toledo*

08/25/2020

After the thick neoliberal night of the last three decades, full of corruption and the handing over of the nation's public goods, it is urgently necessary to rescue and recover the material bases of... Read more

08/24/2020

The Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) program, a rigorous sustainability certification for foods, fibers, and personal care products, is now publicly available after a yearlong pilot phase. The... Read more

Ian Angus

08/12/2020

Worldwide, there are now over a thousand coastal areas where fish can’t breathe. The nitrogen that makes crops grow is also destroying offshore ecosystems.

Talk about... Read more

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 12:51pm

Emily Kawano & Julie Matthaei

07/27/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our world. It has laid bare the inequity, the limits, and the failures of capitalism. The door to a better future beyond capitalism, already cracked open by the Great... Read more

Oscar Ugarteche, Arturo Martínez Paredes

06/16/2020

This note will review the current food picture that is complicated for much of the world, especially for vulnerable countries, given two particular factors: the fall in population incomes that the... Read more

Shrishtee Bajpai

06/18/2020

Universidad de la Tierra in Mexico is working to transform our ways of learning and our connection with the Earth. It is not often that you come across a university that centres respect and care for ... Read more

Leo Sammallahti

04/22/2020

Covid-19 is inflicting great suffering upon many of us upon many of us, whilst wreaking havoc on the economy on a scale not seen in the history of the modern world, according to many measurements. The... Read more

Samantha Demby

07/16/2020

In Oaxaca's Mixe region, the community of Ayutla has been without potable tap water for three years.

On the dusty path between the natural spring and her home, Laura Morales hauled as... Read more

Ronnie Cummins

01/20/2020

“Unsustainable land use and greenhouse gas emissions are delivering a one-two punch to natural ecosystems that are key to the fight against global climate change.

... Read more

Charity Robey

05/08/2020

When the restaurants closed, factory farms lost their customers. Local produce is suddenly in demand.

One Wednesday in early March, Abra Morawiec realized something seismic was... Read more

Jake Johnson

05/07/2020

Nearly 40 mayors representing more than 700 million people in cities across the globe are calling for a transformative recovery from the Covid-19 crisis that fundamentally alters global economic and... Read more

Mike Davis

04/05/2020

Coronavirus is the old movie that we’ve been watching over and over again since Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone (1994) introduced us to the exterminating demon, born in a mysterious... Read more

Thalif Deen

04/23/2020

UNITED NATIONS, The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), described as an integral part of... Read more

04/02/2020

Regenerative agriculture has gained a lot of attention since Robert Rodale coined the phrase fifty years ago. Many organizations use the word “regenerative” today, but the... Read more

Kristin Lawless

04/13/2020

As Chuck D says, it’s ‘food as a machine gun,’ and that’s even more deadly in this pandemic

When I finished working on my book, “Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System... Read more

Amanda Claire Starbuck

04/08/2020

When a crisis hits, Americans need a food system that's resilient enough to withstand the storm. Here's how banning factory farms can help make that happen. 

My great grandparents once... Read more

Stephanie Seneff

04/10/2020

Are glyphosate and COVID-19 connected? Glyphosate, one of the most toxic chemicals in the world, may be the key to why some people get severely ill from COVID-19.

The pandemic that we... Read more

Catrin Einhorn

04/09/2020

The destruction of forests into fragmented patches is increasing the likelihood that viruses and other pathogens will jump from wild animals to humans, according to... Read more

Pat Thomas

04/01/2020

The global spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 has sent researchers and scientists into overdrive to find both treatments and cures.

In the meantime, doctors and other practitioners are, to a large... Read more

03/30/2020

Let’s be clear: there is no solid evidence that the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of the current Covid-19 disease pandemic, is an open seafood market in Wuhan that also trades in... Read more

Sonia Shah

02/18/2020

Scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere—with human assaults on the environment.

It could have been a... Read more

David Barkin

03/26/2020

[Note] In a groundbreaking plebicite on March 22, 74% of Mexicali voters voted to halt construction of Constellation Brands brewery, a mega project in an arid region where water resources are... Read more

03/26/2020

With COVID-19 crisis, humanity is facing one of the most serious and uncertain crises in recent history. RIPESS shares its statement and the need to globalize solidarity.

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Jamison Ervin

03/31/2020

I attended one of three major biodiversity planning meetings this February, originally scheduled for China, but relocated to Rome. The day I arrived, there were three cases of the coronavirus COVID-19... Read more

04/01/2020

El Charco del Ingenio, Botanical Garden and Protected Natural Area of San Miguel de Allende, wishes to express its position regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, which has become, in a few weeks, the total... Read more

Raúl Zibechi

03/27/2020

The period from 1990 to 2025/2050 will most likely be a period of little peace, little stability, and little legitimation, "Immanuel Wallerstein wrote in 1994.* In periods of turbulence and confusion,... Read more

Interview with Rob Wallace by Stephanie Bastek

03/13/2020

We are all inundated with news about the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is glaringly missing from the coverage: the underlying structural reasons for why this is happening. Yes, in... Read more

Vandana Shiva

03/19/2020

We are one Earth Family on one planet, healthy in our diversity and interconnectedness. The planet’s health and our health is non separable. As Dr King reminded us “We are caught in an inescapable... Read more

03/27/2020

Disgruntled farmers torched 6 vehicles belonging to the National Guard and the National Water Commission (Conagua).

The National Water Commission (Conagua) announced on Thursday that it... Read more

03/11/2020

Solving bad distribution and privatization and guaranteeing human access to this resource is necessary.

Palacio Legislativo, 11-03-2020 (Notilegis). Members of the parliamentary group,... Read more

Pam

03/03/2020

A new federal bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), would force... Read more

Angela Lovell

03/10/2020

Agricultural production used to be basically divided into two camps; conventional and organic. The two production styles have clear delineations and are pretty much exclusive of each other. Today the... Read more

Jon Queally

03/01/2020

Demonstration held "in solidarity with every community that has found itself staring down the barrel of a gun for daring to oppose Canada's ongoing colonial project through resource extraction."

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Anca Voinea

10/04/2018

Under the motto 'connecting solidarity', it allows people to search for co-op providers of goods and services.

Co-ops in Argentina can now connect with customers and other social and solidarity... Read more

Leticia Merino

02/05/2020

On February 4, 2020, at the opening of the fourth session of Mexico’s 64th legislative assembly, the first Citizen’s Law Initiative was presented before the Chamber of Deputies inaugurating... Read more

Kyla Mandel

02/02/2020

Right across from Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland, sits a garden roughly a third of an acre with rows of vegetable beds and a... Read more

Katherine Paul

02/06/2020

About a year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made it official: Consumers can no longer buy paint removers containing... Read more

Ronnie Cummins

02/01/2020

Positive news stories about the state of our environment are few and far between. More common are stories that we’re almost at the point of irreparable damage, that if we don’t act now, it will be too... Read more

Alexis Baden-Mayer

01/28/2020

About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, chronic, diet-related diseases.

Whether it’s factory-farm foods from animals raised on GMO feed, or sugary foods and drinks made... Read more

Laura Poy Solano

01/31/2020

The National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) will issue a call in which rural and urban communities may request researchers and technologists to solve local problems including pollution,... Read more

01/29/2020

ASHEVILLE — The city has become the first community in North Carolina to declare a "climate emergency," setting rigorous goals on warming greenhouse gases and renewable energy. The Jan. 28 emergency... Read more

David Korten

01/21/2020

In 1962, Rachael Carson warned us, with the publication of Silent Spring, that the indiscriminate use of pesticides was disrupting critical ecosystems and causing severe damage to human health.

... Read more

Roberto Gutiérrez Torres

01/13/2020

Dolores Hidalgo, Gto. Last night, organizations and civil associations that have been fighting against the exploitation of the Cerro del Gallo Mine in the San Anton de las Minas community in Dolores... Read more

Leo Sammallahti

01/13/2020

I will make a guess that there will be two trends relevant to platform co-operativism that will shape how our economic system works.

Trend 1: Increasingly diverse models of... Read more

09/25/2019

This week's UN Climate Action Summit will be tricky for agribusiness CEOs. With forest fires raging in the Amazon, a damning new report about... Read more

Zvezda Ninel Castillo Romero

01/02/2020

The Regional Council of Original Peoples in Defense of the Territory of Puebla and Hidalgo will express to the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador a demand for cancellation of the Tuxpan-Tula gas... Read more

Ronnie Cummins

01/01/2020

“They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.”
– Bob Dylan, “Blood on the Tracks,” 1975

Beyond the media smog, the 24/7 fixation on the Trump cesspool and the endless... Read more

Darlene Schanfald

12/23/2019

The EPA and states must insist municipalities investigate alternative methods for reuse of sewage wastes.

You may not realize it but some foods you eat may have been... Read more

Ixtlixóchitl López

12/10/2019

MEXICO CITY [translation] - Foreigners who participated in the # ToxiTourMéxico criticized the worrysome situation they witnessed in regard to environmental pollution resulting from from the industries... Read more

Matt McGrath

12/12/2019

Environmentalists and observers have been barred from UN climate talks in Madrid after a protest inside the conference.

Around 200 climate campaigners were ejected after staging a sit in,... Read more

Johnny Magdaleno

11/27/2019

In California, near immense industrial farms, small plots are rented out to field laborers so they can try to create their own farm businesses.

SALINAS, Calif. — The Salinas Valley is... Read more

Jordan Davidson

12/12/2019

A school in Queensland, Australia sent a note home to parents asking them to send their children with extra water bottles since its water supply has run dry, according to the... Read more

Diana Hoogesteger

11/12/2019

On November 29th Fridays for Future again will join the Global Call to Act before the Climate Crisis. In San Miguel we will join the movement going to our Natural Park with our signs asking for the... Read more

Paul Brown

11/12/2019

LONDON − When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming.

That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 years ago when it... Read more

11/07/2019

Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow was in Los Angeles yesterday to help celebrate the city’s designation as a Blue Community.

Los Angeles is now the first major city in the U... Read more

A Reflection by Michael T. Hertz

11/08/2019

Yesterday, I went to a protest in San Miguel de Allende against a new gold mine in Dolores Hidalgo. A Canadian company wants to start yet another open pit mining operation in the Man Miguel region,... Read more

10/24/2019

The French government has passed a law that could revolutionize barbecues, picnics, and birthdays. Starting in 2020, most plastic cups, plates and cutlery will be totally banned. 

Introduced at... Read more

10/16/2019

San Miguel de Allende [translation] - On Wednesday, a group of professionals presented an alternative project that had been presented to the municipal government for their consideration on... Read more

10/15/2019

Immediately following the release of the activists detained for defending the trees on Avenida Guadalupe and the removal of the trees, Arnoldo Cuéllar interviewed one of the detainees—Maribel Arciniega... Read more

Carlos García

10/15/2019

San Miguel De Allende, Gto. [translation] -- The municipal police of San Miguel de Allende arrested 12 activists (10 Mexicans and two foreigners) who had maintained a vigil on Guadalupe Avenue... Read more

Stella Paul

10/08/2019

INCHEON, South Korea, - Good news: the graph depicting climate investments has been steadily increasing. Climbing from the 2012 figure of $360 billion in climate investments across the world to close... Read more

Julie Wilson

10/10/2019

Organic farming is a win-win for people, animals and the planet. But it’s so much more than a set of... Read more

Ana Gaby Hdez.

10/07/2019

Activists and defenders of the trees on Guadalupe Avenue have reached the goal of 13 Thousand Signatures to prevent the trees from being transplanted. Lawyers, environmentalists, Architects and Senator... Read more

A global campaign launched by UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova to promote climate action in cities

10/05/2019

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that climate change is “the battle of my life.” He is not the only one.

Climate change is a battle we are all fighting. More than ever, cities... Read more

Tom Perkins

10/05/2019

Residual sludge from treating waste water has been turned into a money-spinner but what are the costs to health of ‘the most pollutant-rich manmade substance on Earth’?

By some estimates,... Read more

Colette Moria

09/29/2019

"There is a magical machine that absorbs carbon from the air, costs very little and builds itself. It's called a tree."

On Friday, September 20 members of the "Climate Action group of... Read more

Somini Sengupta and Lisa Friedman

09/24/2019

Speaking at the United Nations climate summit, the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered a speech criticizing world leaders for their inaction on protecting the environment.

... Read more

09/19/2019

Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate

The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as... Read more

09/23/2019

On Friday, September 20, an estimated 400 to 500 people in San Miguel de Allende joined millions of people around the globe to demand "an end to the age of fossil fuels." The global climate strikes in... Read more

09/23/2019

On Saturday, September 21, the removal of 41 trees was scheduled to begin on Avenida Guadalupe in front of the San Juan de Dios market. The trees, which line the center of the street, are more than 20... Read more

08/18/2019

Climate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat on her way to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23.

Setting off mid-August from an... Read more

Jackie Flynn Mogensen

08/30/2019

It’s called “wishcycling,” and pretty much all of us do it.

If you’re like me, you’ve looked at a paper coffee cup or an empty tube of toothpaste and thought, “Is this... Read more

Victor Feldman

09/02/2019

Fairlee, Vermont — Americans are more concerned about climate change than ever. An average of national polls conducted by... Read more

Kirsten James and Barbara Grady

08/02/2019

Last year California set a goal to become carbon-neutral by 2045. Some called it unrealistic, while we call it mission-critical. But how do we get there? As we search for ways to reduce greenhouse gas... Read more

Dr. Max Liboiron

12/21/2018

Nain is the most northern Inuit community in Nunatsiavut, Canada. It was ... Read more

Ellen Knickmeyer / AP

07/31/2019

(WASHINGTON) — A conservative lawyer and writer who argues for selling off the nation’s public lands is now in charge of a nearly quarter-billion acres in federally held rangeland and other wilderness... Read more

07/26/2019

This remarkable Fair is devoted to recovering traditional community trading practices based on knowledge sharing, respect for nature, equity, promoting food sovereignty, responsible consumption and... Read more

Joseph G. Allen

07/25/2019

Joseph G. Allen is assistant professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and faculty adviser to the Harvard Healthy Building Materials Academy.

Here’s a question: Do you... Read more

Lyndsay Walsh

07/23/2019

Do you prefer to hear good news or bad news first? I will begin by giving you the (unsurprisingly) bad news. Today’s world is an unequal place. Standards of living vary massively both between and... Read more

Daniela Schulman

07/23/2019

“The land that my father has given me, I hope to be able to pass on to my children in good condition, so that they can pass it on to future generations and that for them it will be even better than... Read more

07/11/2019

Citizens and environmentalists fear irreversible damage if the Canadian company, Argonaut Gold, carries out its plans to begin operations in the Cerro del Gallo mining project which would exploit 20... Read more

Carlos García

07/09/2019

Argonaut Gold would exploit more than 20 thousand hectares that include old deposits.

The Canadian company, Argonaut Gold, is planning to exploit minerals in the town of San... Read more

with Jairo Restrepo

08/05/2019

For farmers, young people, students, technicians & all lovers of learning how to cultivate living soils, food and happy hearts.

"Organic agriculture is dedicated to ... Read more

11/27/2017

[The Education Collaborative is including this 2017 news as background information on the current protests in Dolores Hidalgo.]

Toronto, Ontario - Argonaut Gold Inc. (... Read more

Gene Palumbo and Elisabeth Malkin

03/29/2017

[The Education Collaborative is including this 2017 news as background information on the current protests in Dolores Hidalgo.]

SAN SALVADOR — Lawmakers in El... Read more

06/18/2019

On Tuesday, June 18, more than 1,500 people from communities in the southern region of Dolores Hidalgo gathered in a meeting attended by the president of the municipality, Miguel Angel Rayas. They... Read more

Pat Thomas

06/21/2019

If the biotech industry has its way, the meat, eggs and milk on your plate could soon come from genetically engineered farm animals—and without laws requiring these products to be labeled, you’ll never... Read more

Janet Cotter

06/20/2019

On June 11, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to "streamline" GMO regulations in the US. Trump's order also aims to brainwash the US people into accepting GMOs. There is to be no open... Read more

Desmond Brown

06/20/2019

ANKARA, With two-thirds of the world’s population projected to be living in cities by 2050, increasing pressure continues to be placed on forests which are being cleared to make way for agricultural... Read more

Baher Kamal

05/20/2019

Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least on their World Day! While the (surprisingly) still called homo sapiens continue to destroy... Read more

05/07/2019

Where, when, and how work is done is changing. Advances in artificial intelligence, automation, and data processing continue to shift responsibilities from workers to digital systems. These disruptions... Read more

Phil McCausland

05/20/2019

Annually, for weeks at a time over his more than 30 years of farming, John Barton would spray a thousand gallons of Roundup every day to kill the weeds springing up among his cotton crop outside... Read more

Bob Quinn

05/10/2019

Agricultural chemicals aren't helping us to be better farmers or make more money. Rather they are harming our health and undermining the economic and agronomic viability of our farms.

As a kid... Read more

05/06/2019

A hard-hitting report into the impact of humans on nature shows that nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades, while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely... Read more

05/07/2019

From October 10-13, 2019, the Mexican Network for Our Seeds will host its second encuentro--”Building Bridges Between the Country and the City: In Defense of our Food and Biocultural Diversity... Read more

Desmond Brown

04/29/2019

Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades.

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew... Read more