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Eating on the Brink: How Food Could Prevent a Climate Disaster

Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change, I was 30,000 feet in the sky, the jet-fueled irony not lost on me. I was heading to Paris to talk food and climate change with 260 scientists, civil society leaders, and advocates from 40 countries at a meeting hosted by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. The overarching message was clear: If we want to address climate change, we have to talk about food. What we eat is responsible for a whopping one-third of all atmospheric warming today. Global meat and dairy production together accounts for roughly 15 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, making the live

The Light That 'Never Was On Land or Sea'

In a society where the 'government does not see the governed,' these pro-democracy marchers in Pennsylvania are on the move POTTSTOWN, Pennsylvania—We are about a third of the way through the hundred-mile March on Harrisburg, a non-partisan pro-democracy Pennsylvania-based volunteer mobilization fighting for three bills already introduced in the state legislature. They span the gamut from gerrymandering reform to a common sense gift ban to automatic voter registration. The march began in Philadelphia and, as the name suggests, is headed to Harrisburg. There, should the legislature not heed the demand to pass the widely supported reforms, the marchers will risk arrest at the state capitol bui

A Different Kind of Backlash

On the surface, it looked like another indication of the backlash against Trump. Approximately 80 people gathered in the pouring rain near Philadelphia’s City Hall Saturday, marking the first day of the March on Harrisburg. A roster of speakers, standing under a tent in Thomas Paine Plaza — named after famed British-turned-American radical and author of Common Sense, the quintessential pamphlet of the Revolutionary Era — emphatically proclaimed that this is a do-or-die moment for our nation. Unless we act now, our democracy, the fundamental lifeblood of our political system, may no longer exist. Approximately 40 attendees soon left the plaza to start an arduous march all the way to Harrisbur

Land and the Right to Food in Zambia: U.N. Envoy Urges Shifts Away from Large-Scale Projects

Originally published by Food Tank on 05/12/2017 Leave it to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, to remind the Zambian government—and all of us—that in agricultural countries such as Zambia the right to food depends on the access of the rural poor to land. “The push to turn commercial large-scale agriculture into a driving engine of the Zambian economy, in a situation where the protection of access to land is weak, can risk pushing small-holder farmers and peasants off their land and out of production with severe impacts on the people’s right to food,” Elver said in Lusaka on May 12, 2017, at the end of her 10-day official mission to the land-locked southern African

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