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Treating unsustainability: learning from addiction

Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability:
By Joern Fischer Unsustainability is bad. Humanity is screwing up big time – what was it thinking? Humanity must change its ways. So we set targets … and fail. Have you ever noticed how…

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Guest Post by Doug Gurian-Sherman: “‘Food Evolution’ Documentary Supports GMOs, but Not Science, Part 2”

Guest Post by Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman Note: This article is the second part of a critical review of the widely-circulating documentary about GMOs titled “Food Evolution”. [See AgroEcoDoc’s take on the film, posted earlier on this blog, here.] The documentary … Continue reading

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The World Economic Forum and the return of growth fairy tale

Originally posted on ecology, politics & economics:
Recently the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, came to a conclusion. My attention was caught by the mildly positive statements of some of his most notorious participants. So, for…

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Energy, complexity and…direct democracy?

Originally posted on ecology, politics & economics:
One Italian politician, Nichi Vendola, allegedly claimed that “politics is the art of managing complexity“. Today this statement raises at least two questions: what is politics and what is complexity. Without going back…

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NEW PAPER: From synergies to trade-offs in food security and biodiversity conservation

Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability:
BY JAN HANSPACH Some time ago, we had invited to participate in a survey on food security and biodiversity conservation on this blog. After some months of data analysis, write-up, rejections and revisions, we…

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Empathy: The cutting edge of sustainability science?

Originally posted on Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation:
By Rebecca Freeth I’ve been interested in the Resilience Alliance for many years. I’ve been impressed by the coherence of their conceptual work. This has been a luminous example of natural and…

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Paper recommendation: Local food sovereignty for global food security

Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability:
By Joern Fischer I’d like to recommend a new paper by my colleagues Julia Leventon and Josefine Laudan. Leventon, J. and Laudan, J. (2017). Local food sovereignty for global food security? Highlighting interplay challenges.…

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More on the importance of empathy & reciprocity for scientists who want to have real impact

A momentary break from all things #BTEHbook (Buy My Book!) to quote this excerpt from Rantala et al., “How to Earn the Status of Honest Broker? Scientists’ Roles Facilitating the Political Water Supply Decision-Making Process” (2017): We found trust building as … Continue reading

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Red Earth, brought to you by #BTEHbook Friday

Originally posted on Farming Pathogens:
They lived like monkeys still, while their new god powers lay around them in the weeds. ― Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars For a column to be published on Earth Day, the day of the…

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#BTEHbook Friday: Frances Moore Lappé’s piece on Belo Horizonte: “The city that ended hunger”

It’s been a busy week for me here at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience and so this week’s #BTEHbook tie-in (for the forthcoming Beginning to End Hunger) is a reprinting of Frances Moore Lappé’s 2009 piece, The city that ended … Continue reading

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