News & Events

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...

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.

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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...

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...

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...

Thalif Deen

04/23/2020

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Pam

03/03/2020

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Victor Feldman

09/02/2019

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

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...

Dr. Max Liboiron

12/21/2018

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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. (...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...