Category Archives: Agriculture

Is the movie Food Evolution propaganda? Yes. But wait, there’s more.

Last month, I was one of the signers of an open letter about the movie Food Evolution, and how it was not an adequate representation of the debates around GM (Genetically-Modified) crops. And boy has that letter provoked a reaction! A … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Bias, Biotechnolog/GM agriculture, Media Criticism, Open Letters

Land reform FTW: #BTEHbook Friday, more good sh#t from the cutting room floor

Because I care, here is a Friday #BTEHbook update on my forthcoming book, Beginning to End Hunger, despite the fact that I’m technically still on holiday this week! (For new readers, #BTEHbook presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to … Continue reading

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New book/book chapter (and other new pieces) out!

At long last, my book chapter on the MST (Landless Rural Workers’ Movement in Brazil) is out, as part of the volume Subsistence Under Capitalism! M. J. Chappell. “Alternative agriculture, the vernacular, and the MST: Re-creating subsistence as the sustainable development … Continue reading

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Looking back from Paris to Senegal: What the FAO Regional Agroecology Meeting had to say on Climate-Smart Agriculture

  Cross-posted from IATP, December 22, 2015 With the recent conclusion of climate talks in Paris (see Ben Lilliston’s coverage here, here, here, and here), which included strong pushes for “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) by a variety of government, NGO and … Continue reading

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X-post from IATP: Contribution to Africa Regional Meeting on Agroecology

Originally published November 17, 2015 at IATP’s ThinkForward Blog: MINNEAPOLIS, NOVEMBER 17, 2015 — Agroecology has been growing on national and international agendas, ranging from the 2012 decree on agroecology of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, to the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary … Continue reading

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Globalizing resistance, resilience and hope through agroecology (x-posted from IATP’s ThinkForward blog)

Originally posted September 28, 2015 IATP’s long-time ally in Mexico, ANEC (the National Association of Producers’ Enterprises) held a three-day conference recently (Aug. 31 – Sept. 2) celebrating its 20th anniversary, and more significantly, discussing what should be the next … Continue reading

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Not even an “oldie”: Why Don’t We Have Sustainable Agriculture Now?

Just came across this piece by UMN Professor Emeritus Richard A. Levins (not to be confused with the recently-honored Harvard Professor Dick Levins), “Why don’t we have sustainable agriculture now?” His answers to the question are unsurprising, to those who … Continue reading

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Food system scholars and scientists pen second letter to FAO Director-General supporting agroecology (Cross-post from IATP’s ThinkForward)

(originally posted June 24, 2015, at ThinkForward) On June 24, more than 40 scholars and scientists of agriculture and food systems sent the Director-General (DG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) a second open letter, calling for the FAO … Continue reading

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Final Day at the FAO Regional Agroecology Seminar in Brazil – The Struggle Ahead (X-post from IATP’s ThinkForward)

(originally posted June 29, 2015) IATP’s Dr. Jahi Chappell is blogging from Brasilia as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosts the first of three public symposiums on national and regional strategies focused on agroecology. On Friday, the first … Continue reading

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Day two at the Latin America & Caribbean Regional Agroecology Seminar: innovation and power in agroecology (X-post from IATP’s ThinkForward)

(originally posted June 26, 2015 at ThinkForward) The opening session of the Regional Seminar in Latin America and the Caribbean quickly built to a roar, at the same time raising questions that would have fit in at the last sessions … Continue reading

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