Daily Archives: March 7, 2021

Dr. Vandana Shiva on India’s🇮🇳 Farmers’ Protests: Indian Farmers Are a Victim Of FOOD IMPERIALISM

Going Underground on RT

Feb 13, 2021

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Dr. Vandana Shiva, the Founder and President of Navdanya, Technology and Natural Resource Policy who was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. She discusses the recent avalanche in Uttarakhand which has left hundreds missing and the causes behind it, how the World Bank’s actions in the 1991 was arguably the start of Indian farmers vs global capitalism, why India’s farmers are organising en masse to oppose Modi’s neoliberal farming laws, 1 in 4 farmers on Earth being Indian, multinational farming corporations and their war on India’s independent farmers, the history of the spread of GMO technology such as ‘Roundup’, why a transition away from industrial farming back to small-scale farming is needed to fight climate change and much more! #FarmersProtests#India#Modi

We contacted the UK Department for Food & Rural Affairs who directed us to this statement by Environment Secretary George Eustice: “Gene editing has the ability to harness the genetic resources that mother nature has provided, in order to tackle the challenges of our age. This includes breeding crops that perform better, reducing costs to farmers and impacts on the environment, and helping us all adapt to the challenges of climate change. “Its potential was blocked by a European Court of Justice ruling in 2018, which is flawed and stifling to scientific progress.
Now that we have left the EU, we are free to make coherent policy decisions based on science and evidence.
That begins with this consultation.”
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“Future of Food: Dictatorship or Democracy?” by Vandana Shiva

Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
May 25, 2016

October 30, 2014 Dr. Vandana Shiva discusses how the future of the planet is intimately linked to the future of food, both because everyone must eat and because industrial agriculture has the largest impact on ecosystems and our health. Trained in physics and philosophy, Dr. Vandana Shiva is renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods. She co-founded Navdanya, which promotes seed saving and organic farming and has more than 70,000 farmer-members. She is the recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) and has authored several bestselling books.

Food-matters,

Allan Savory Presenting at Harvard Law School

Savory Institute

Jan 8, 2014

http://savory.global​ | Ecologist, Allan Savory, speaks to a crowd of 200 at an event sponsored by Harvard Food and Law Society. Allan talks about the nature of humanity, and the power of properly managing livestock to reverse desertification.

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About Savory Institute: Loss of grasslands leads to climate change, floods, droughts, famine, and worldwide poverty. It’s our mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. Holistic Management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations.

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Gabe Brown w Soil4Climate Reflections on Congressional Testimony – March 6, 2021

Soil4Climate

Mar 7, 2021

Gabe Brown w Soil4Climate: Reflections on Congressional Testimony – March 6, 2021 Regenerative agriculture hero, Gabe Brown, joins the Soil4Climate community for a “fireside chat,” reflecting on his historic testimony to the US Congress last week, February, 25, 2021. Mr. Brown was speaking before the House Agriculture Committee hearing on “Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors.” 54 minutes of Gabe Brown Congressional testimony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iLMy…

Segments from interview: “It started out when I got a text from Finian … The whole agricultural community and the whole world for that matter owes Finian and the folks at Kiss the Ground a big ‘thank you’ for all the work that they’re doing to move regenerative ag forward.” – Gabe making opening remarks https://youtu.be/-vBpOuagyy0?t=215​ “Be the invite.”

– Finian Makepeace discussing getting the Kiss The Ground movie trailer to be shown at the Congressional hearing and to get Gabe Brown to be a witness. https://youtu.be/-vBpOuagyy0?t=304

​ “You, you do need the green growing plant, even more important you need a diverse community of green growing plants, HOWEVER, it is proven, when that green growing plant is grazed by livestock, it will pump significantly more amounts of carbon into the soil, and therein lies the key. You’re exactly right that green growing plants are the start, but realize how then evolved and how the ecosystem works. You really need that plant bitten by livestock to make massive change.”

– Gabe Brown in response to the role of livestock in the regenerative movement as opposed to the “green growing plants.” – https://youtu.be/-vBpOuagyy0?t=1430

“As that trailer was being played (for the Kiss the Ground movie during the US Congressional hearing on agriculture and climate), all I could think of was ‘Wow, have things changed in the last five years, especially.’ And, you know, I’ve been at this a long long time, … and at times it seemed like those of out there touting regenerative ag and these principles were beating our head against the wall, but, a real change started probably about 7 years ago and I’ve really noticed in the last 5 years … When I saw that trailer being played there in front of Congress, it was like, ok, ok, now we’re gonna get some traction. Now, hopefully, they’re realize that agriculture is a major part of the solution.”

– Gabe Brown, reflecting on his thoughts and feelings while seeing the Kiss the Ground movie trailer being played in Congress. https://youtu.be/-vBpOuagyy0?t=920

Congo: A journey to the heart of Africa – Full documentary – BBC Africa

BBC News Africa – Jan 19, 2019

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a vast, mineral rich country the size of Western Europe. Alastair Leithead takes an epic journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the far reaches of the Congo river to explore how history has shaped the Congo of today and uncover the lesser told stories of this beautiful, if troubled country. In the largest rainforest outside of the Amazon he comes face to face with its gorillas and hunts with pygmies, he travels into the heart of the Ebola outbreak with United Nations peacekeepers, and explores the cobalt mines which will drive our electric cars of the future.

CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE – The Three Principles

jfp film– Nov 5, 2019

The Three Principles of Conservation Agriculture
Explained at the Example of Maize Farming in Northern Ghana

A comprehensive explanation of the concept behind Conservation Agriculture and how it is put into practice.

1st Chapter: Minimise Soil Disturbance
2nd Chapter: Keep the Soil Covered
3rd Chapter: Pratice Crop Diversity
4th Chapter: The Importance of Trees
5th Chapter: Conservation Agriculture put into Practice

A production of the Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Cooperation (Implemented by GIZ and MOFA)

DISCLAIMER:
“This film was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
European Union”

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Are We Seeing The Beginning Of A Global Food Crisis? Professor Richard Wolff Joins

act.tv – Sep 9, 2020

Follow on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/actdottv​ Julianna welcomes back recurring guest, Marxian Economist Professor Richard D. Wolff to the show, to discuss how as China faces its first corn shortfall in years and food prices rise around the world, many are asking if food insecurity is the latest of the 2020 plagues? Professor Wolff talks about the food supply chains and whether or not we all need to be stocking our shelves. Professor Wolff is an American Marxian economist, known for his work on economic methodology and class analysis. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, University of Utah, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City.

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Starved: Our Food Insecurity Crisis

WQED Pittsburgh

Nov 5, 2020

More than a million people in Pennsylvania are hungry because they cannot afford or do not have access to healthy food.  For some, food insecurity is a matter of financial need. But often, entire communities are cut off from proper nutrition because there are no grocery stores nearby. These so-called “food deserts” are not the only challenge. Some neighborhoods have turned into “food swamps” – places dominated by fast-food restaurants. Further, isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has made matters worse. This documentary examines food insecurity as a societal problem, identifying the causes and exploring the many ways in which the government, non-profits, farmers and individuals are working to bring nutritious meals to the tables of those who need it. 

Bukanga Lonzo: False Promises of Agro-Industrial Parks

OaklandInstitute

Apr 4, 2019

Read the full report: http://bit.ly/BukangaLonzoDebacle

The Bukanga Lonzo Debacle exposes the numerous land rights violations and human rights abuses, pollution and health hazards, misspent funds, charges of embezzlement and corruption, and legal action since the establishment and collapse of the Bukanga Lonzo agro-industrial park pilot in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report’s extensive research on the project and its impact reveals that agro-industrial parks are a false solution to the challenges faced by DRC and Africa when it comes to food, agriculture, and poverty alleviation.

The Bukanga Lonzo agro-industrial park was set up in 2014 through a public-private partnership between the government and a South African company, Africom Commodities. It was to use 80,000 hectares of land for the production of corn and other commodities. The state spent close to US$100 million of public money on the project.

However, three years after it was launched, the project collapsed in 2017. Africom blamed high costs and the unreliability of the government’s plans and payment, and launched a court action in July 2018 against DRC for non-payment of expenses. The DRC government blames Africom for the failure.

Bukanga Lonzo: Les fausses promesses des parcs agro-industriels

OaklandInstitute– Apr 4, 2019

lire le rapport: http://bit.ly/ParcsAgroIndustrielsRDC​

La mise en place et l’effondrement du projet pilote de parc agro-industriel de Bukanga Lonzo en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont donné lieu à d’importantes violations des droits fonciers et des droits humains, de la pollution, du gaspillage de publics, de sérieuses suspicions de détournement de fonds et de corruption, ainsi qu’à une action en justice contre le pays.

Le parc agro-industriel de Bukanga Lonzo a été créé en 2014 dans le cadre d’un partenariat public-privé entre le gouvernement et une société sud-africaine, Africom Commodities. Il devait utiliser 80 000 hectares de terres pour la production de maïs et d’autres cultures. L’État a dépensé près de 100 millions de dollars d’argent public dans le projet.

Cependant, trois ans après son lancement, le projet s’effondrait en 2017. Africom invoquait les coûts élevés et le manque de fiabilité des plans et des paiements du gouvernement. En juillet 2018, l’entreprise intentait une action en justice contre la RDC pour non-paiement de ses dépenses. Le gouvernement congolais blâme quant à lui Africom pour cet échec.