By Gustavo Esteva
A peasant holds corn cobs during a demonstration in Mexico City against prices rising Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images
This is grim news: food prices are reaching record levels worldwide. The thousands of farmers who have killed themselves over the past decade seem to have no precedent. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s director, the goal to reduce the number of hungry people by half will only be achieved in 2050.
Posted in Economics, Factory Farms, Gardening, Peasants, Farmers, Ranchers
Tagged economy, Factory Farms, food import, Gardening, mexico, sustainable agriculture
By Vandana Shiva
Australia’s National Times
When we think of wars in our times, our minds turn to Iraq and Afghanistan. But the bigger war is the war against the planet. This war has its roots in an economy that fails to respect ecological and ethical limits – limits to inequality, limits to injustice, limits to greed and economic concentration.
A handful of corporations and of powerful countries seeks to control the earth’s resources and transform the planet into a supermarket in which everything is for sale. They want to sell our water, genes, cells, organs, knowledge, cultures and future.
Posted in Biotechnology, Economics, Environment, Geoengineering, pollution, Sustainable Practices
Tagged biotechnology, corporate war on earth, genetic engineering, pollution, resource extraction, sustainable agriculture, vandana shiva, war on earth