Archive | June, 2009

The Oil Intensity of Food

Although attention commonly focuses on energy use on the farm, agriculture accounts for only one fifth of the energy used in the U.S. food system, The modern food system that evolved when oil was cheap will not survive as it is now structured. (more…)

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Climate Driven Migration Has Begun

Forecasts of environmental migration vary widely – the intergovernmental International Organization for Migration estimates that 200 million people will be displaced by 2050, while the respected charity Christian Aid predicts 700 million in the same time frame. More important than specific 40-year forecasts is the conclusion of In Search of Shelter that climate change is […]

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Economic crisis and food sovereignty

Video: Around the world, hunger is growing, while millions of working farmers face ruin. Even in Canada, unsound and dangerous corporate practices menace our food supply. The worldwide movement for food sovereignty aims to ensure peoples’ capacity to shape their own food production systems, free from control by agribusiness giants. This is a common task […]

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A Call for De-growth

The term is virtually unknown elsewhere, but in France and Italy there has been considerable interest in environmentalist circles in “Décroissance soutenable” – sustainable de-growth. The following is a Declaration issued by a conference on the subject held last year in Paris. The conference proceedings, 322 pages of documents, can be downloaded here. We, participants […]

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