The Big Picture
For seed and farm input companies, it's eat or be eaten, says this author. And when the six biggest players have the potential to become the biggest three, we could be left with monopoly and monoculture.
A new study that looked at 2.3 million records found 12-16 per cent of species have been lost since humans started altering their habitats.
Via Campesina's "The People's Manual" | Agroecology Now
La Via Campesina has published "The People's Manual", a partner guide to Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security.
Around the World
In parts of Ghana, July is the hungry season. But hundreds of years ago, even during unimaginably long droughts, this lean period didn't exist. Now one archaeologist has found evidence that links colonization to this yearly period of food insecurity.
Reforesting Arid Lands: Agroecology is Working in the Sahel | Agroecology Fund
Using and building on traditional knowledge, sustainable agriculture techniques are building soil and food security in the Sahel region.
Small-scale farmers and organizations in Ecuador are campaigning against a potential law that could allow large seed companies to patent traditional seeds which small farmers have used for years.
The Arusha Protocol on Plant Variety Protection and Malawian government policy could make it illegal for small farmers in the country to save and exchange their seeds.
There is a lot to learn from Cuba about agroecology and food sovereignty.
Great News From The UK? | The Huffington Post
At the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, 80 researchers and PhD students are developing and sharing knowledge about how to shift away from industrial, harmful agriculture.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the government will consult farm groups as it puts together a national climate change strategy.
Heritage grains: digging our roots, planting our seeds | AgriCultures Network
Against the Grain Farm is nurturing neglected barley and wheat varieties.