This result has been the creation of food surplus and food deficit areas, of which the latter have become dependent on agricultural imports and strings-attached aid. Food deficits in the Global South mirror food surpluses in the North. Whether through IMF-World Bank structural adjustment programmes, as occurred in Africa, trade agreements like NAFTA and its impact on Mexico or, more generally, deregulated global trade rules, the outcome has been similar: the devastation of traditional, indigenous agriculture for the benefit of ...Continue Reading →
Wendell Berry once said “the Earth is what we all have in common.” It is one of my favorite quotes to return to when I’m getting down and out about the unrest in the world, and particularly, as of late, the extreme socio-political divisions here in the U.S. that have put many of us at odds with our neighbors. I often think about the many ways in which we all depend on the pale blue dot. During this ...Continue Reading →
The United Nations has forecast that world food production must double to feed 9 billion people by 2050. That assertion has become a relentless talking point in the growing debate over the environmental, health and social consequences of American agriculture.
America’s farmers, we are told, must double their production of meat products and grains to “feed the world.” Otherwise, people will go hungry.
Agribusinesses such as Monsanto sometimes cite the so-called “moral imperative” to feed a hungry world in order to defend ...Continue Reading →
Food-insecure teens who don’t get enough to eat sometimes resort to extreme measures to cope with hunger—from saving school lunches for the weekend or going hungry so younger siblings can eat to stealing or trading sex for money to buy food. The most risky behaviors are by no means typical of all teens, even in the most distressed communities, but they illustrate the lengths to which some of the most desperate and food-insecure teens are willing to go to survive.
An ...Continue Reading →
There’s a growing divide in organic food and agriculture. Consumers hungry for nutritionally superior food that has been ethically produced are the target of giant factory farms that have muscled into organic agriculture. Their emergence and rapid growth is challenging family farm operators who have traditionally helped nurture and grow the popular organic sector.
Nowhere is this divide more apparent than in certified organic egg production. Some industrial-scale operations manage as many as two million hens on a single ...Continue Reading →
Given the high stress levels, extended periods of screen time and regular social outings many Americans experience day-to-day in environments where high-calorie foods are readily available, it can be easy to fall into the habit of mindless eating — where we’re too distracted to pay attention to how much, what and why we’re eating. Research suggests that practicing mindfulness — or taking the time to bring awareness to present-moment experiences with an open attitude of curiosity and non-judgment — can ...Continue Reading →
France’s 4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate puts regenerative food and farming front and center in the climate solutions conversation. This is why the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), our Mexico affiliate, Via Organica,IFOAM Organics International and more ...
New research shows a cereal familiar today AS BIRDSEED WAS CARRIED ACROSS EURASIA BY ANCIENT SHEPHERDS AND HERDERS LAYING THE FOUNDATION, IN COMBINATION WITH THE NEW CROPS THEY ENCOUNTERED, OF ‘MULTI-CROP’ AGRICULTURE AND THE RISE OF SETTLED SOCIETIES. ARCHAEOLOGISTS SAY ‘FORGOTTEN’ MILLET HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN MODERN CROP DIVERSITY AND TODAY’S FOOD SECURITY DEBATE.
The domestication of the small-seeded cereal millet in North China around 10,000 years ago created the perfect crop to bridge the gap between nomadic hunter-gathering and ...Continue Reading →
Will activism once again turn the tide in the political battle for GMO transparency? Following millions of concerned individuals speaking out over Monsanto’s monopoly of the food supply, the White House has officially announced that it will be rolling out a new ‘GMO regulation’ plan that could radically change the current food supply.
In a recent announcement that you probably missed, as it was released just before the Fourth of July weekend on ...Continue Reading →