In January 2000, the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia, shut down the city in protest against the privatization of their municipal water system, which had resulted in rate hikes that doubled or tripled their water bills. In February of that year, Pacific News Service correspondent Jim Shultz broke the story in the Western press with “A War Over Water,” his firsthand reports of clashes between riot police and protesters
The vote to legalize hemp farming in Virginia sets the foundation to nullify in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.
Birth defects, premature births, endocrine disruption, cancer, Parkinson’s—why are we doing this to our kids? According to a new study published in the journal Endocrinology, oil and natural gas operations are contaminating surface and ground water with chemicals that wreak havoc on birth and growth hormones. Other recent reports show toxic levels of selenium contamination in the groundwater near fracking operations. This is leading to premature births.
Freakish weather in Brazil the country that is the largest producer of coffee, means less beans along with a projected increase in global demand. Buckle guys for global coffee shortage.
Feeding the homeless has been a major problem for our society. Steven Maxwell shares how an activist group called the ‘Task Force For the Homeless’ thought of an ingenious idea to feed an entire shelter with organic foods from a garden on a rooftop.
New publication by Grain and La Via Campesina documents nefarious ways new laws criminalize seed sharing and the growing peasant movement resisting them.
The WTO is aiming to strengthen a ‘corporate-driven free trade regime’ while ignoring solutions that would protect small-scale farmers and increase food security. The small farmers have robustly fighting back though.
A comprehensive pair of reports by dozens of researchers convened by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) offered “a damning critique of geoengineering,” according to Tim McDonnell of Mother Jones. Highly controversial, geoengineering refers to technological efforts to counteract global warming by altering the atmosphere’s chemical composition.
With more and more consumers looking for non-GMO food, the heyday for Monsanto biotech patented seed just might be coming to an end. With a reduction in market share Monsanto has decided to do 2,600 job cuts and close 3 of their R&D centers.
In the United States, agribusiness takes $20 billion worth of subsidies out of our pockets every year.
It is becoming more apparent that we need to begin reclaiming our food supply through small-scale, wide-spread farming practices. We can no longer rely on Big Food to supply us with the nutritious food we need, and we certainly can’t rely on mega chemical companies like Monsanto to feed us with their genetically modified creations. This is why countless communities are embracing the giving art of local farms and supporting local food businesses. One Incredible Edible park in Irvine, California, formerly 7.5 acres of wasted space, is now an edible park that feeds 200,000 people every month!
Earth and Space News August 29, 2015: Space weather – sun-diving comet did not survive; Earthquake watch; Human Development Could be Harmed by Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Extraction (Fracking); Global weather – Arctic storm, Tropical Storm Erika update