23.06.2009 |

Agriculture at a crossroads

Greenpeace is calling on G8 agriculture ministers to stop business-as-usual and start supporting a transition to an ecological agriculture that feeds people while protecting the environment. The first G8 meeting dedicated to Agriculture is being held in Treviso, Italy, this weekend, when discussions will focus on how to address the continuing food crisis.

23.06.2009 |

G8 Urged to Reject Another 'Green Revolution'

The U.S. Working Group on the Food Crisis, a group representing anti-hunger, family farm, community food security, environmental, international aid, labor, food justice, consumers and other food system actors, urges the G8 at the upcoming Agricultural Ministerial in Treviso, Italy to reject the failed policies of the Green Revolution. A recent landmark report backed by the UN and World Bank argues for agroecological and sustainable agriculture, rather than reliance on chemical-intensive practices and genetic engineering.

23.06.2009 |

Global Climate Talks Must Address Agriculture

"If fundamental climate change mitigation and adaptation goals are to be met, international climate negotiations must include agriculture," appeals an international food policy think tank.

23.06.2009 |

UN General Assembly President calls for new type of bottom-up food democracy

Calling for a new type of "food democracy" that would start from the bottom and nourish those facing hunger in the midst of abundance, President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann today opened the General Assembly's Interactive Thematic Dialogue on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food.

19.06.2009 |

CLIMATE CHANGE: Farming Could Be Friend or Foe

Don't forget about agriculture in the upcoming global negotiations to combat climate change, experts warn. Not only is farming most at risk in an increasingly variable and tempestuous climate, it is also a major emitter of greenhouse gases.

But with the right policies in place, agriculture could both continue to feed the world and play a crucial role in solving the climate problem.

19.06.2009 |

Europe and global food security

As the world's population approaches ten billion, issues like climate change, growing scarcity of oil and availability of quality land and water are challenging the planet's capacity to produce enough food for everyone - a paradigm shift that could potentially pave the way for a new global 'food crunch'.

19.06.2009 |

G20 nations must address the most pressing issue of our time

At a World Food Programme summit, Gordon Brown said he will try to negotiate a new fund to help the world’s poorest through the economic downturn at April’s G20 meeting. Yet increased funding will not solve everything, says UNESCO’s Koichiro Matsuura. He outlines UNESCO’s efforts to inform decision-makers and explains what he thinks can create a viable solution

19.06.2009 |

Debate on tackling climate change often becomes transfixed by magic bullet technologies

Each month Andrew Simms is analysing how much closer the world has moved to catastrophic climate change.

Desperate times might seem to call for desperate measures. And there is a tendency is to make a grab for the first and apparently the easiest solution to come to hand. In this context, magic-bullet technological fixes are enjoying a renaissance. From nuclear power to GM crops, once-unpopular technologies are struggling anew for public acceptance.

19.06.2009 |

CLIMATE CHANGE: New Thinking to Tackle Old Problems

Organic and eco-friendly farming can feed the world, contrary to the common belief that biotechnology and chemical-intensive farming are indispensable, modern strategies to increase production, agricultural experts say.

19.06.2009 |

Africa: Global Food Crisis - Ecological Agriculture is Productive

With doubts lingering over its ultimate productivity, Lim Li Ching seeks to dispel fears around ecological agriculture's low yields and demonstrate its capacity to be more than simply an idealistic socio-environmental approach. Drawing upon evidence from Ethiopia's Tigray Project and data accrued from a variety of environments around the world, Lim Li discusses the benefits of using compost in place of chemical fertilisers and scope for ecological agriculture's greater use in enabling countries, regions, and individual families to achieve improved crop yields and more sustainable food sources.


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