What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.
by Steve Holt, TakePart
If you traverse the South American nation of Bolivia, from the heights of the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Jungle to the urban streets of Santa Cruz, you'll never once find a Big Mac or a McNugget. They don't exist there-and haven't for about a decade. McDonald's couldn't survive in the mountainous country, so in 2002 the global fast-food chain closed its last store.
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
The accelerating loss of biodiversity poses a "fundamental threat" to the "survival of humankind," warned the head of the United Nations new biodiversity body, as he also sounded the alarm on the declining biodiversity on farms.
Common Dreams Editorial By Christopher Cook
May 17, 2013
By Christopher D. Cook, May 13, 2013
by Tanya Kerssen
Read the original article here.
Agroecology is gaining support for its ability not only to increase production but to improve livelihoods and climate resilience.
Cuba has introduced a large-scale conversion to agroecology, and farmers have learned to drought-proof their farms as a result. Photograph: Desmond Boylan/REUTERS
By Caspar van Vark
The Guardian Professional, Tuesday 27 November 2012
The food price rises of 2007-8 triggered some alarming forecasts about the future of food. By 2050, said the FAO, there would be another 2 billion mouths to feed. Production would need to increase by 70%.
New York Times Opinion, September 10, 2012
By Raj Patel, a fellow at Food First/the Institute for Food and Development Policy, is the author of "The Value of Nothing" and "Stuffed and Starved."
The countries worst hit by high food prices are food importers. Anything that can keep costs down will help feed the hungry. And the right kind of organic farming can help.