Browsing the "agriculture" Tag

Harvesting Justice 23: Inherit the Earth – Land Reform in Brazil

August 8th, 2013 | by Guest Author

In recent years, the voice and visibility of movements opposing land grabs and displacement, and demanding land reform, are increasing. Though relatively little land has been redistributed, organized movements of small farmers, indigenous peoples, and landless people are developing in size, strength, and organization. They are uniting across borders to break the nexus between land, agriculture, power, and profit


Water Proof: the History and Future of Water Conservation

August 5th, 2013 | by Guest Author

For the developed world, water is a seemingly ubiquitous resource. Many Americans often take it for granted. Submerged in a culture of excess, it’s often difficult to keep one’s head above the waste. Water conservation is a murky subject for the average consumer. We’re often more likely to recycle than forgo filling our swimming pool. Thus, the history and future of conservation is worth examining


Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

July 9th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Aquifer depletion now threatens harvests in China, India, and the United States. These big three grain producers together supply half of the world's grain harvest. The question is not whether water shortages will affect future harvests in these countries, but rather when they will do so


Harvesting Justice 16: Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture – Reviving Native Food & Farming Traditions

June 5th, 2013 | by Guest Author

Native peoples’ efforts to protect their crop varieties and agricultural heritage in the US go back 500 years to when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds, and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands


Harvesting Justice 14: A Penny a Pound, Plus Power – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Changes History

May 16th, 2013 | by Guest Author

For most tomato pickers in the US, a bucket brings in 50 cents, a piece rate that has remained virtually unchanged for more than 30 years. Because the rate is set so low, a worker has to pick more than two and a quarter tons of tomatoes per day – the weight of a young elephant – to make the minimum wage. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is transforming all of this


Harvesting Justice 13: We Have a Dream – Farm Workers Organize for Justice

May 7th, 2013 | by Guest Author

For decades, farmworkers – the more than one million men and women who work in fields and orchards around the country – have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. They have been building awareness and mobilizing the public, successfully securing some rights, higher wages, and better working conditions.



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