Category Archives: Economics, Politics and the Law

Farming is far too important to leave to governments

As we build towards yet another election Colin Tudge suggests that it’s time for a little honesty I think I’d vote for any party in the coming election that took … Read on

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People Need Nature policy report just published

Published on Jan 3 2017, this report was written by Miles King et al of “People Need Nature” Called “A Pebble in the Pond: Opportunities for farming, food and nature … Read on

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New York Times on the corruption of agricultural research by the industry that sponsors it

This piece in the NYT (Dec 31 2016) describes what is now common practice in universities that take money from industry: “scientists deliver outcomes favorable to companies, while university research … Read on

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The politics of Agroecology: cooptation and resistance in the global north

This article written by Miguel Altieri and Eric Holt-Giménez and published by Food First (Oct 18 2016) warns that “The political dimension of agroecology is problematic in the Global North—particularly … Read on

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology: Inquiry into Soil Health

The Group conducted an inquiry into soil health and protection in 2015/16, with a particular focus on agriculture.  Evidence was heard across three oral evidence sessions from a number of … Read on

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Farming, Food and Brexit: Discussion Paper from Tim Lang and Victoria Schoen

What we’ve all been waiting for:  a thorough appraisal of the pros and cons of staying in the EU from the point of view of “enlightened agriculture”. Tim Lang and … Read on

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Where there’s swill there’s a way – the case for feeding food waste to pigs

This joint paper from the Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, and the Centre for Conservation Science, RSPB was published in Food Policy 58 (2016) 35–48 Abstract: Livestock … Read on

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Hilal Elver backs small farms and agroecology in the face of climate change

The UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Prof Hilal Elver, presented the attached interim report to the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2015. The report outlines the adverse impact of … Read on

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World Bank Agriculture for Action Plan: seriously flawed

This new report by Eric Holt-Giménez, Justine Williams and Caitlyn Hachmyer of Food First “question(s) whether the Bank’s strategy will actually improve rural livelihoods, reduce rural poverty, end rural hunger and … Read on

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Ruthless Power and Deleterious Politics: From DDT to Roundup

This article by Evaggelos Vallianatos was published in Independent Science News, July 17. Synopsis: The modern controversy over Roundup (glyphosate) and the documentation of its effects on humans, animals and soils, … Read on

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