Category Archives: Economics, Politics and the Law

Our failing food system: where the real battle-lines lie; and what we can do about it!

This new report from IPES-Food (lead author Pat Mooney), sounds the alarm on the mega-mergers happening within the food industry: – the three firms dominating more than 60% of global … Read on

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How our food and farming systems are making us sick

This new report – Unravelling the Food–Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems – from IPES-Food was launched at the UN Committee on … Read on

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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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