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Getting Smart About Climate and Agriculture

Beautifully tended agro-ecological farm, Marracuene, Mozambique. (Photo: Timothy A. Wise) Originally published on Medium, March 17, 2019 In Mozambique’s lovely capital city of Maputo, the afternoon temperature had just hit 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Maputo is in the tropics, but this was October 2017, their springtime, and no one could remember a hotter October day. Inside the air-conditioned Radisson Blu Hotel on the city’s waterfront, African government representatives and international experts gathered for the African Union’s annual agricultural research conference. Organized by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute, these conferences monitor and support African g

Food at the Heart of a Green New Deal

As bright minds dig into the details of this proposal, it’s critical to keep in mind the role of food production in the climate crisis. The Green New Deal should reflect the major role that food and agriculture can play in climate mitigation and adaptation. Photo Sunrise Movement. Originally Published, Earth Island Journal, March 13, 2019 2009. That was the last year there was any significant legislation on the table to confront the climate crisis barreling down on us. The Waxman-Markey Bill passed in the House and failed in the Senate. And that was it: Over and out. Fossil fuel companies helped kill that bill and anything else aimed at regulating the industry, spending an estimated $2 billi

The Green New Deal is Not a Choice

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as she and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveil the Green New Deal resolution. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Originally published on Common Dreams, March 12, 2019 Here’s my question for you. If your child were dying of a disease that only a costly drug could cure, would you not go to any lengths to get it? Of course, you would. And that’s exactly what we face today, as our children’s future is dying, not to mention a habitable planet for all. Inaction is not a choice. This realization changes everything: With a do-or-die mindset, suddenly we begin to see possibilities that before we’d totally missed. It’s a shift that now seems to be galvanizing – with r

How Farm Policy and Big Ag Impact Farmers in the U.S. and Abroad

In a new book, researcher Timothy Wise argues that powerful forces shape food policies that feed corporate interests. Originally published on Civil Eats March 7, 2019 by Eva Perroni From remote villages in Malawi, Mexico, and India to ethanol refineries and industrial hog factories in the American heartland, Tim Wise has spent great deal of the last several years thinking about the big picture of food and farming. As both the director of the Land and Food Rights Program at the Small Planet Institute and a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, Wise has for years been thinking and writing about food and farm policies, trade, and agricultural d

On Democracy, Did Our Highest Court Ignore Its Strongest Argument?

Free speech… if you can afford the megaphone! (Image: Mike Keefe InToon.com) Originally published on Common Dreams, March 1, 2019 Americans may disagree about many things, but most of us come together in loathing the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United. We know it helped degrade our democracy as it opened the floodgates to independent, corporate campaign spending and enabled additional rulings that have led to Super PACs, along with ever-more “dark money.” Three-fourths of us want Citizens United overturned. I’m certainly one, and I’d long assumed I knew everything I needed to know about this unfortunate ruling. But I was in for a big surprise. Buried in the 1976 Supreme Court decision that

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