New book: “Our Food, Our Right”

This outstanding introduction to today’s community-based food movements is designed by Annie Brulé of SEEDS, the social ecology project on Washington state’s Vashon Island. This review was written for the publisher’s website at seattleglobaljustice.org:

Local food is all the rage these days, and rightfully so. People across the US are increasingly frustrated by the chemical-laden, processed calories that pass for food in most major supermarkets and are increasingly looking to alternative sources, from farmers markets and farm share programs to co-ops and natural food stores. But with food prices rising everywhere, healthy food is in danger of becoming even more of an elite niche market, accessible only to those with surplus income to spend. While some of us will pay more for food that is local, organic and fair-trade, many of our neighbors are often limited by shrinking household budgets to food that is nutrient-deficient, genetically engineered, and potentially hazardous to health.

By Brian Tokar | November 2nd, 2012 | Current Movements, Green & Food Politics, Social Ecology Blog | 2 Comments |

What’s Next for the Occupy Movement?

This commentary by Brian Tokar will appear in the winter issue of Broadcast, the newsletter of SEEDS, the Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School, based in Seattle and Vashon, Washington: Since mid-September, actions inspired by the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York have awakened the imaginations of people worldwide. Just as the movement approached …

By Brian Tokar | December 2nd, 2011 | Article Archive, Current Movements, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Population in the news – again

The specter of “overpopulation” has returned to the public airwaves following the UN’s recent announcement that the earth is now home to 7 billion people. The coverage is highly reminiscent of the debates that raged throughout the 1970s and eighties and, once again, there’s a dearth of critical evaluation of this issue. Do rising human …

By Brian Tokar | November 5th, 2011 | Climate Justice, Economics & Capitalism, Social Ecology Blog | 3 Comments |

OWS’ historical antecedents: 2 articles

Here are links to 2 interesting commentaries addressing historical antecedents to the Occupy Wall Street movement. In a recent column, Chris Hedges interviewed an OWS participant in New York and used this to introduce some perceptive comments about the historic role of the underclass in political movements, drawing on the 19th century debates between Bakunin …

Updates and more views of Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street campaign, now in its third week, has inspired a wide range of commentaries, as well as like-minded events all across the US. Here are two somewhat contrasting views from commentators I trust. Arun Gupta of New York City’s Indypendent newspaper offers a positive outlook on this emerging movement’s potential to confront …

Toward a “Green New Deal”?

My friend and colleague Richard Greeman, now living in France, has recently added some provocative and forward-looking comments to the ongoing discussion of whether a “Green New Deal” — centered in publicly funded expansion of renewable energy and other “green” technologies — can provide a necessary opening toward a more ecological future. Appropriately for a …

Tokar book tour for “Toward Climate Justice” & “Agriculture and Food in Crisis”

ISE Director Brian Tokar is doing a book tour in support of his recent titles Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change (Communalism Press), and  Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Crisis, and Renewal (co-edited with Fred Magdoff), from Monthly Review Press: March 6. Amherst, Massachusetts @ Food for Thought Books March …

By Brian Tokar | February 24th, 2011 | Climate Justice, Green & Food Politics, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Toward Climate Justice: Can we turn back from the abyss?

For Z Magazine, September 2009 The summer and fall of 2009 will surely be noted in the annals of environmental history. This period could be remembered as the time when the world’s elites slowly began to crawl toward a meaningful solution to the threat of accelerating global climate disruptions. But if events continue along the …

By Brian Tokar | August 19th, 2009 | Article Archive | 2 Comments |

Toward Food Sovereignty in Vermont and Northern New England

– From C. Armiger, P. Palmiotto, J. Estes, eds., Banking on Biodiversity: The ecological and socio-economic dimensions of sustainable agriculture, Keene, NH: Antioch University Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (in press) The previous panelists have offered thoughtful perspectives on how US agricultural policies profoundly alter the lives of people around the world and how …

By Brian Tokar | May 19th, 2009 | Article Archive | 1 Comments |

ECOCLUB interviews Brian Tokar

(This interview was originally posted at http://www.ecoclub.com/news/101/interview.html) ECOCLUB.com: What is Social Ecology and in what key ways does it differ from the mainstream environmentalism of the big US & International NGOS? Brian Tokar: Social ecology offers a coherent radical critique of current social, political, and environmental problems, as well as a reconstructive, ecological, communitarian, and ethical …

By Brian Tokar | April 4th, 2009 | Article Archive | 0 Comments |