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A Window in the Cathedral of the Green Revolution

By on 09/29/2014 in Uncategorized with No Comments

When the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations announced it was going to take agroecology sufficiently seriously to hold a conference on it, reasonable people were pleased, and sceptical. Pleased because the FAO has been agnostic about agroecology’s scientific developments in addressing problems that the FAO itself is charged with tackling. Sceptical because the reason’s for the FAO’s historical reticence are hardly going to be fixed by a conference. Nonetheless, the great and the good from agroecology made the case in front of a bevvy of senior officials. After the event, José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the FAO, proclaimed that “today a window was opened in what for 50 years has been the cathedral of the Green Revolution.”

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Apologies to mailing list subscribers

By on 09/3/2014 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Sorry gang – I was working on the Green Revolution post in idle moments over the past week, and didn’t realise that I’d set it to ‘public and password protected’. You can read the finished post now. Apologies.

How to Be Curious About the Green Revolution

By on 08/29/2014 in featured with 8 Comments

Social media is alive with folks’ thoughts on Michael Specter’s recent New Yorker piece. As the controversy fades, I worry that people will be left with three ideas. Keep Reading »

Joan Dye Gussow: Women, Food and the Survival of the Species

By on 06/18/2014 in Uncategorized with No Comments

While I slog away at the Generation Food project, here’s more from the occasional series of pamphlets and books from the history of the food movement – a 1988 lecture by the excellent Joan Dye Gussow: Women, Food, and the Survival of the Species. With thanks, as ever, to DBS, and to Joan.

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Thoughts on Land Reform Summits in San Francisco

By on 04/19/2014 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment

In San Francisco, from April 25-28, 400 people from across the country and around the world gathered to discuss an awkward problem – land reform in America. Land reform is a loaded term, one that reeled conference participants’ imaginations toward the antics of Third World dictators and communist zealots. It’s hard to conceive a more un-American activity than thinking about an alternative to private property. Yet here were the Friends of the Earth next to the NAACP west coast region, alongside the Archdiocese of Kansas doing exactly that.

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O Rose, Thou Art Sick

By on 02/14/2010 in Stuffed & Starved with 4 Comments

Here’s an older post, gently recycled for this Valentines day. A newer one can be found here.

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[Photo credit:tjgiordano]

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Menlo Park, CA

By on 01/27/2010 in Events with No Comments

Monday, March 08, 2010
7:30 PM, Reading and Signing of THE VALUE OF NOTHING
Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park CA 94025

Haiti: Horsemen and hoarse women

By on 01/15/2010 in Uncategorized with 7 Comments

It’s already bitterly ironic that Bill Clinton is the United Nation’s special envoy to Haiti, after the economic policy he imposed there to transform it into the Caribbean’s sweatshop. Now, President Obama has asked George Bush to lead fundraising efforts for relief in Haiti. After Bush took part in an international coup to overthrow Aristide. It’s like sending in the horsemen of the apocalypse to negotiate peace.

There are, however, more sensible ideas. Here’s some analysis curated by Dan Moshenberg that reinstates that most hidden perspective in disaster – gender. More below the fold. Keep Reading »

Haiti – How You Can Help

By on 01/14/2010 in featured with 3 Comments

The situation in Haiti is horrific. Here are some of the better analyses, by Peter Hallward, Jacques Depelchin, and from Democracy Now! – Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine is already being put into practice in Haiti.

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Rich vs Poor, with Chinese Characteristics

By on 01/12/2010 in Uncategorized with 5 Comments

It’s hard to get reliable information on what’s happening in China, so this post comes with a bit of a disclaimer. I’m not sufficiently familiar with the source, ChinaWorker.info, to vouch for it. A figure of 96% aggrieved about inequality seems high, but then again the New York Times cites it too. And I am familiar with some of the data: the number of ‘mass incidents’ in China last year sounds about right – a quarter of a million protests. It seems like China’s well on its way to A Million Mutinies Now.

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