News - Agriculture, Food & Soil

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 Transnational...

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 one of the world’s...

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 systems – the making...

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 company BASF, they were...

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 dollars, we have...

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 first...

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 bad timing. This year...

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 pandemic and confinement...

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.

And without...

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 happening at her farm stand...

Thalif Deen

04/23/2020

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

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 Rodale Institute...

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 is Changing Our Minds...

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 owned the only...

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 have long been told...

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 extent, improvising....

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 domestic and wild...

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 in northern Italy....

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 our globalized...

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 network of mutuality,...

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 lines between these...

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 newly added pond to...

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 late. While this may...

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 with GMO sweeteners...

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, health and...

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...

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 distractions of the...

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 grown in soil...

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 established as part...

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 known for its...

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 was confronted with...

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 practices used to grow...

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, Americans send about 300m...

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 emissions to prevent...

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 think that a chemical...

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 when I received it,”...

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  rescuing the old dreams of...

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 know.

Just a...

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 debate on the topic....

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 Mother Nature, bees and...

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 Bakersfield, California....

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 growing up on a...

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.” The...