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In Support of Alternative Consumerism

In Uncategorized on 14/07/2010 at 10:45 am

A Field in Mahasarakam

Fun yang mai dok,” is the phrase that is commonly heard these days in Northeast Thailand.  The phrase means: it still hasn’t rained.  In these dry conditions farmers are unable to spread rice seed and must either wait patiently for rain to nourish the parched fields that they have already sowed or seek additional employment, which may including helping their neighbors plant rice.  Yet, traipsing along village roads or driving across highways lined with similar auto dealerships and megabusinesses, bridges with bright yellow images of his majesty King Rama IV, and small food stands, one is struck by the vast fields of bright green blades shooting up from the ground.  Read the rest of this entry »

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UNCHR on the Right to Food

In In Solidarity on 10/07/2010 at 7:17 am

from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Agroecology outperforms large-scale industrial farming for global food security,” says UN expert

BRUSSELS (22 June 2010) – “Governments and international agencies urgently need to boost ecological farming techniques to increase food production and save the climate,” said UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, while presenting the findings at an international meeting on agroecology held in Brussels on 21 and 22 June.

Along with 25 of the world’s most renowned experts on agroecology, the UN expert urged the international community to re-think current agricultural policies and build on the potential of agroecology.

“One year ago, Heads of States at the G20 gathering in Italy committed to mobilizing $22 billion over a period of three years to improve global food security. This was welcome news, but the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment in agriculture is not how much, but how,” Olivier De Schutter said . Read the rest of this entry »

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In Our Network on 03/07/2010 at 5:23 pm