United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming

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Gardener holding handful of Parisienne Carrots, which are a variety of heirloom carrot. (Photo: Chiot’s Run) In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world’s agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That’s right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only… Read more »

Yes to GMO Labeling is Winning 49 to 44% in Oregon Despite Millions in Negative Ads

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The full scheduled voting on a state-wide ballot for Measure 92 in Oregon to label GMO foods won’t come in until November 4th, but voting has begun, and we’re winning! The measure would ensure that the labeling of genetically modified foods was mandatory, and that Big Food corporations along with Big Chemical like Monsanto and… Read more »

World Bank and UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ in Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

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Editor’s Note: On Monday The Independent published an article titled "Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing ‘agricultural crisis’". We are all too aware of why Britain’s (and other nations’) soils are becoming so depleted (if not, please see here and here, for example), and with the… Read more »

Growstuff Opens Up Free Database for Food Growers

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Growstuff, a website for backyard vegetable gardeners created by Australian software developer Alex Bayley, has launched a campaign to provide open data for food growers worldwide. With interest in home-grown food on the rise —  a recent study found 52% of Australian households grow some of their own food and 13% more are planning to… Read more »

The SPARC – a Floating Knowledge Archive for the Survival of People & Planet

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Public access to scientific information and the scientists’ ability to make the information generally available to the public are both under threat simultaneously as tremendous opportunities are opening up to counter the threat. TheSparc has been created to take full advantage of the opportunities for distributing scientific information and promoting public access.

The 2014 Food Revolution Summit – Starts in a Few Days!

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Free online summit — April 26th to May 4, 2014 Joining John and Ocean Robbins are celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Jane Goodall, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Goodman, and more! These cultural persuaders are joining with expert doctors and food activists because they’ve realized that if we don’t do something now, we’re in trouble.

Plastic Bag Bans Spreading in the United States

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by Janet Larsen and Savina Venkova, Earth Policy Institute Los Angeles rang in the 2014 New Year with a ban on the distribution of plastic bags at the checkout counter of big retailers, making it the largest of the 132 cities and counties around the United States with anti-plastic bag legislation. And a movement that… Read more »

The 2014 Food Revolution Summit – Get the Truth About GMOs (Online, April 26 – May 4, 2014)

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Get the truth about GMOs and dangerous chemicals — and how carbs, gluten, fat, and sugar affect your weight, energy, sleep and the planet. Watch online from anywhere in the world! When it comes to food, we’re in big trouble. The food supply is contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, chemical cocktails, and neurotoxic pesticides. Even… Read more »

A New Approach Needed – It’s Time to Let the Federal Government Know Your Views on the Future of Food and Farming in Australia!

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Are you concerned about the future of food and farming in Australia? Now is the time to let the new Federal Government know what you think. Earlier this week, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) made our submission to the Australian government’s Agriculture Competiveness White Paper process. The Issues paper released by the Department of… Read more »

Exploring Sustainable Livelihoods in Laikipia (Kenya)

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Elin Lindhagen, Director, PRI-Kenya Some members of the women’s group Since it started in 2013, the Laikipia Permaculture Project in Kenya has rapidly grown with the help of the inexhaustible passion of Joseph Lentunyoi, founder and manager of the project. From the first women’s group, Nabulu, which approached the newly established Laikipia Permaculture Centre, wanting… Read more »

Permaculture Voices 1 – the First of Many?

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Event organiser Diego Footer’s introductory address (Photo: John Newall) Early morning on Sunday the 23rd of March I was brushing my teeth and wondering how I was going to structure my week. By mid morning, thanks to equal parts generosity of friends and unbelievable serendipity, I was rushing to book flights from Perth, Western Australia… Read more »