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We just gave a little money in this Indiegogo Campaign to help the families of activists detained for fighting for land rights and against land grabs in Ethiopia.

We’re so protected, relatively, for now, in the UK, to express what we believe in terms of food democracy and a vision for feeding ourselves in the future. These activists in Ethiopia have been charged under a counter terrorism law for attending a food security workshop. Outrageous! Hearing Omot admit his fear of torture more than that of arrest just sent chills down my body.  Well clearly it’s a lot harder if you’re an activist in Ethiopia, so the least to offer is my small contribution, and to spread the word in this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Found this trailer here.  Looking forward to the film.

The organisation GRAIN has put together some resources around the politics of industrial food production and its contribution to climate change.  GRAIN is “a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems” — an agroecology point of view.

In the run-up to the Paris conference on Climate Change in December, they’ve written this report on the central role fertiliser companies play in the discussions concerning agriculture and climate change.  “Climate Smart Agriculture” has become a key phrase and concept that is about the appropriation of some of the language of Agroecology — many facets of CSA are expressed in Orwellian DoubleSpeak and we all need to educate and organise around this– the greenwashing is chilling.

So many small environment and agriculture organisations around the world are working to fight the dominance of the Climate Smart Agriculture discourse in UN forums.  This is an important letter hundreds of such groups have signed.

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