Lockdown Catastrophe: The Need for Resilient Food Systems Agroecology

8 June 2020 — Off Guardian

Encouraging small, local producers is the way forward, but will Big Ag let that happen?

Colin Todhunter

There is no doubt that, contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence.

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In Cuba, greener farming means cleaner rivers

31January 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Cutting Pollution

Joint Cuba-U.S. study finds sustainable agriculture in Cuba keeps river pollution far below levels in U.S. waterways


At a bridge in central Cuba, near the city of Cienfuegos, a team of Cuban and U.S. scientists collect water. They explored twenty-five Cuban rivers and found little damage after centuries of sugarcane production.


by Joshua A Brown
University of Vermont

When the Soviet Union disintegrated in the early 1990s, food production on the island of Cuba was reduced—as the supply of Russian fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, and oil dried up. Under the stress of an imminent food crisis, the island quickly rebuilt a new form of diversified farming—including many urban organic gardens—that depended less on imported synthetic chemicals. Over the last two decades, Cuba blossomed into a worldwide model for conservation agriculture, with improved soils and cleaner water.

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Why Fake Meat and Eliminating Livestock Are Really Bad Ideas By Ronnie Cummins

24 March 2019 — Dr Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • Our chemical and fossil fuel-intensive system of industrial agriculture is belching out 43 to 57 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution that has dangerously destabilized our climate
  • The driving force of Big Food Inc. and their army of chemical farmers, food processors and marketers is the idea that maximizing short-term profits trumps all other considerations, including health, economic justice, animal welfare, environment and climate stability
  • CAFOs are primary drivers of deteriorating public health as well. Filthy, inhumane, polluting factory farms mass produce approximately 90 to 95 percent of the meat and animal products consumed in America today
  • Use of antibiotics on factory farms spreads antibiotic-resistant pathogens into our food, and an average of 90,000 Americans now die from antibiotic-resistant infections on an outpatient basis every year, according to the latest calculations by Cambridge University researchers
  • To end this degenerate food system, join the growing movement and consumer boycott of all factory-farmed meat, dairy and poultry products, not just at the grocery store, but in restaurants as well — and not just occasionally, but every day

By Ronnie Cummins

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Defining a safe operating space for food systems in the Anthropocene

12 March 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Healthy people, healthy planet

A  food system revolution is urgently needed, to provide healthy diets for all while preventing irreversible damage to the Earth System.


A key element of any ecosocialist program must be a global drive to end hunger and malnutrition, combined with a shift to sustainable agriculture. To date, however, we have not carefully considered just what those transformations would involve.

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Book Review: What’s the alternative to factory farms?

20 January, 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

‘Farming, Food and Nature’ offers a powerful critique of industrial livestock production, but fails to challenge the profit-system that drives it.


Joyce D’Silva and Carol McKenna, editors
FARMING, FOOD AND NATURE
Respecting Animals, People and the Environment

Routledge, 2018

reviewed by Martin Empson

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