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The Zen of Agroecology: It's not the destination it's the journey, Commentary on Farming for

Originally Published on Great Transition Initiative in April, 2016 Thanks to GTI for taking up this issue and doing so with Frances Moore Lappé’s brilliant overview of the issue. She again shows her gift for marshaling a wide range of the most solid research in a way that is compelling and accessible. It is also wonderfully nuanced in highlighting that agroecology is primarily neither a state of mind nor a pure agricultural practice. Rather, it is a process, one in which agroecology itself should be seen more as a journey than a destination. It is something I have been thinking about a lot since attending a conference in Mexico last year hosted by ANEC, a national association of small-to-med

“Money Ain’t Speech and Corporations Aren’t People!”— We Sang Marching from Philly to D.C.

During our Democracy Spring march from Philly to D.C. to sit-in on the steps of the capitol this week, one of my favorite chants was “Money ain’t speech and corporations aren’t people!” The closer we got to Washington, the more I could feel marchers’ outrage that corporations powerfully influence governance, yet they lack several essential characteristics expected of citizens participating in our democracy. Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, many compelling arguments have piled up to challenge the bizarre notion that corporations deserve our constitution’s protection regarding political speech, protection in many ways comparable to that afforded real people. But during

Protest or Civil Courage?

Originally published on Common Dreams on 04/07/2016 Photo courtesy of the authors (This interview was conducted during the Democracy Spring march from Philadelphia to Washington, DC — part of a two week action to push for a more equal and representative democracy.) We are about sixty miles into our 140-mile march to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia. How are you feeling? Exhilarated…and that’s after waking up at 4 am on a hard floor! Why are you feeling so exhilarated? At the risk of sounding cheesy, Democracy Spring is a moment I’ve hoped for all my life: Finding myself in a nurturing community that’s uniting people across issues, ethnic groups, genders, and backgrounds to tackle the mothe

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