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Kristina Hubbard


When Philip Howard of Michigan State University published the first iteration of his now well-known seed industry consolidation chart in 2008, it starkly illustrated the extent of acquisitions and mergers of the previous decade: Six...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
Alejandra Quezada, Atahualpa Caldera Sosa & Jennifer Ungemach
El Sindicato Centro Cultural Comunitario

In its series of discussions on “Re-Imagining San Miguel de Allende as a Sustainable Community,” the Education Collaborative is examining the Environmental Agenda developed by the University Seminar on Society, the Environment &...

Science Café
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Jose Ojeda Orranti
El Charco del Ingenio, Amphitheater by the Four Winds Plaza

On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day, our guest will be Jose Ojeda Orranti, biologist and manager of the natural areas Laguna de Yuriria and Presa de Silva, both protected sites in the State of Guanajuato. We will talk about this...

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 12:00pm
El Sindicato Centro Cultural Comunitario

Please join Yo Soy San Miguel for this year's annual "Foro de Agua." Speakers will address the critical water situation in our region.

Tharanga Yakupitiyage


UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) - While the modern agricultural system has helped stave off famines and feed the world’s 7 billion residents, the way we eat and produce food is posing a threat to future populations’ food security. With an...

Liza Gross


While soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two years, Arkansas beekeeper Richard Coy noticed a parallel disaster unfolding among the weeds near those fields.


Michelaina Johnson


Most people have heard of the Amazon, South America’s famed rainforest and hub of biological diversity. Less well known, though no less critical, is the...

Sabrina Chakori and Ammar Abdul Aziz


Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable.


Emilio Godoy


“If thousands of people flock to this town, how will we be able to service them? I’m afraid of that growth,” Zendy Euán, spokeswoman for a community organisation, said in reference to the Mayan Train (TM) project, a railway network that...

Laie Vidiella Hernàndez. Communications WSFTE


The World Social Forum of Transformative Economies is a process of confluence of the different movements of alternative economies that exist in different parts of the...

Press Release


Today, 17 December 2018, the 73 Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. Now that the declaration is an...

Sean Sweeney & John Treat


The onslaught of extreme weather and the increasingly stark scientific assessment leave no doubt that we face an ecological and civilizational emergency. But in the year since the...

Mary Daly


As we face an ever-growing need to combat climate change, many people around the world are looking at how we...

A Conversation with Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson by Sarah Lazare for In These Times


Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves in late November when she called for a Green New Deal (GND)—a plan to “transition” the U.S. economy to “become carbon neutral” over the course of 10 years. In a draft resolution...

by Neela Banerjee, Georgina Gustin, John H. Cushman Jr


When Republican Rep. Steve Scalise stepped to the dais in the U.S. House of Representatives in July and implored his colleagues to denounce a carbon tax, he didn't reach for dire predictions made by the fossil fuel titans that pushed...

Press Release


Katowice, Poland, 14 December 2018: As the UN climate talks go into their final hours in Katowice, progress on the ‘Paris Rulebook’ and other key decisions, like acknowledging the landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC...

Kirsten Brodde


Synthetic fibers could be a wonderful thing. Their production requires far less water than cotton and they don’t require toxic pesticides to grow. But does that make them environmentally friendly? Sadly not.



As part of a global campaign, Camps Ecosystem Restoration are joining forces with the Mexican project of Regeneration International, Via Organica, to develop a model of methods for farmers in semi-arid regions to absorb carbon from the...

Julia Bayly


Since becoming law a year ago, the number of Maine towns and small communities with a food sovereignty ordinance has grown to more than 40. And according to those behind the movement, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.


Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers


Since the Clinton era, when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created, global trade has been written by and for big corporations at the expense of people’s health, worker’s rights and the environment. Trump Trade –...

Judith Schwartz


Some see concern about nature as a distraction from the important work of addressing climate change when, in fact, it’s central.

In the midst of months of heat and wildfires and a fall full of hurricanes—phrases like “...

Alan Rappeport


WASHINGTON — America’s farmers have been shut out of foreign markets, hit with retaliatory tariffs and lost lucrative contracts in the face of President Trump’s trade war. But a $12 billion bailout program Mr. Trump created to “make it...

Jack Herrera


As smoke from the Hill Fire and the massive Woolsey Fire began blanketing Oxnard, California, last Friday, a group of students from Oxnard Union High School gathered downtown to prepare carpools out to the fields to the south of the...

Press Release


The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) welcomes the decision of the South African...


Santa Maria Tonantzintla was set to be one of Mexico’s first smart cities – but residents saw it as an attempt to westernise their town and leave tradition behind

Lupita Tecual Porquillo had heard a rumour that the plaza was...

Andre Leu


Organic agriculture practices are often blamed for being unsustainable and not able to feed the world. In fact, several high-profile advocates of conventional agricultural production have stated that the world would starve if we all...


On Friday, October 26, the Education Collaborative will host “Cities in Transition,” the second discussion in the monthly “Reimagining San Miguel as a Sustainable Community” series. Following introductory presentations by Silvia...

Mariana Ortega


Are those tortillas you’ve been making with Maseca flour toxic?

On October 9, the Organic Consumers Association...

Boaventura Monjane


The Civil Society Global Forum, an annual gathering that brings together a diversity of organisations and individuals working on food and nutrition, opened this Saturday (13 October) in Rome, Italy.

More than three hundred...


Art and environmental education go hand in hand. To imagine, to dream, to play while teaching is the pedagogical strategy of the immediate future. This is the training young people require in order to awaken and co-create a new world....


The recently released United Nations report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition (SOFI 2018) confirms that global hunger is raising for the...

Gladys McCormick


As president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador prepares for his inauguration this coming December in Mexico, he is a step away from inheriting a country witnessing its worst human rights crisis in a century. Since 2006, the numbers of...


On September 7, more than 60 people attended the first in a series of monthly discussions on "Reimagining San Miguel de Allende as a Sustainable Community" based on the Agenda Ambiental 2018, developed by a special multidisciplinary...