Category Archives: The Big Ideas

Organic farming and feeding the world – new report

Published in Nature Communications in November 2017, this article on strategies for feeding the world organically is remarkably optimistic.  Abstract as follows: “Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to … Read on

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What is Agroecology? Why does is matter?

A new report from the FAO of a regional symposium held last year in Budapest on agroecology for food security and nutrition sets out the important concepts of agroecology and … Read on

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Guide to Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together

Written for the Greenhorns, “a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators”, this is a comprehensive guide to farming together — setting up … Read on

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New Leaf Project

This piece comes from Chas Griffin’s book: More Scenes from a Smallholding (2006). His proposal to take over a large barley farm in East Anglia and convert it into a … Read on

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Cooperative and Alternative Food System Initiatives: Special July issue of the JAFSCD

This special edition of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (Vol 4 Issue 3, Spring 2014) has been made “freely available — no subscription needed! — through … Read on

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Agroecology in Europe: conforming – or transforming the dominant agro-food regime

by the Transform Sub-group: Les Levidow, Open University, L.Levidow@open.ac.uk; Michel Pimbert, Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (CAFS), Coventry University; Pierre M. Stassart, Université de Liège; Gaetan Vanloqueren, Université de Louvain This paper, Agroecology … Read on

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The Campaign Manifesto

the Campaign for Real Farming – a manifesto

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Can Britain feed itself?

CAN BRITAIN FEED ITSELF? SHOULD BRITAIN FEED ITSELF? Colin Tudge argues that the answer to both of these unfashionable questions is a resounding “Yes!” – and we should start the … Read on

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The Seriously Bad Ideas that are Killing us all

The world is dominated by a shortlist of ideas that serve the present powers-that-be as dogmas and as algorithms — universal formulae to solve all problems. All of these ideas are unsound and deeply damaging, argues Colin Tudge. Read on

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The Age of Biology

or WHY DEFRA AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE WORLD IN GENERAL WILL NEVER SOLVE THE WORLD’S FOOD PROBLEMS SO LONG AS THEY PUT ECONOMIC DOGMA BEFORE SOUND BIOLOGY AND COMMON MORALITY
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