Just out!: Chaia Heller’s “Food, Farms, and Solidarity”

Food, Farms and Solidarity: French Farmers Challenge Industrial Agriculture and Genetically Modified Crops by Chaia Heller

 

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The Confédération Paysanne, one of France’s largest farmers’ unions, has successfully fought against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but unlike other allied movements, theirs has been led by producers rather than consumers. In Food, Farms, and Solidarity, Chaia Heller analyzes the group’s complex strategies and campaigns, including a call for a Europe-wide ban on GM crops and hormone-treated beef, and a protest staged at a McDonald’s. . .

“Toward Climate Justice” now in Greek translation

From Antigone in Thessaloniki, Greece, titled Klimatiké Dikaosyni.  Translated by ISE alum, Stavros Karageorgakis, with editorial support from Alexandros Georgopoulos and Eliza Kolovou.  More information will soon be online at http://www.antigone.gr. The original edition of my book, Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change, published by Communalism/New Compass Press, is still …

By Brian Tokar | April 1st, 2013 | Article Archive, Climate Justice, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Vermont towns say no to tar sands oil

Tuesday, March 5th was Town Meeting Day in Vermont and, following a long tradition of our towns taking a stand on issues of wider importance, at least 29 towns, including Montpelier and Burlington, overwhelmingly passed resolutions opposing the proposed transport of tar sands oil through our region. The resolutions also supported efforts to eliminate oil …

On the DC Climate Rally

At Least for a Day: The Fight Against Tar Sands Oil Unites Indigenous Activists, Occupiers, and Big Environmental NGOs

On Sunday, February 17th, nearly 50,000 people ventured out into the icy morning to gather at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. There, braced against the biting February wind, the Forward on Climate Rally swelled into the largest climate march in history. The focal point of the rally was to challenge President Obama to reject a proposal by the multinational corporation TransCanada to transport tar sands oil across the U.S through their under-construction Keystone XL pipeline…

By Eleanor Finley | February 22nd, 2013 | Article Archive, Climate Justice, Current Movements, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

Report from the January ISE intensive

by Eleanor Finley This year the Institute for Social Ecology hosted its annual week-long Winter Intensive program in Northampton, Massachusetts. Participants gathered at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, a bright, serene space in the heart of downtown Northampton. Classes were held each day from 9 to 6:45, with eight instructors lecturing and leading discussions on topics …

Paradise Lot: New book from 2 ISE alums.!

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City   by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates   Information from Chelsea Green Books. Their link also contains ordering information.   When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of …

“The Day After Hurricane Sandy”

An exceptional review of the personal and political aftermath of the recent superstorm, written by the inimitable Nicholas Powers of  New York City’s Indypendent newspaper:  http://www.indypendent.org/2012/11/18/day-after-hurricane-sandy. Some excerpts: New Yorkers solemnly nodded when told about Gotham’s climate refugees. They were victims whose homelessness was not their fault. But beneath the sympathy were long lines of …

By ISE | November 29th, 2012 | Climate Justice, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Carmelo Ruiz on Vavilov’s Legacy

Vavilov’s legacy by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero Every modern society needs a substantial public investment in agricultural research. And such research requires the acquisition of useful plant and seed specimens from all over the world. It is no different in the case of socialist societies. During the first half of the twentieth century the Soviet Union was …

By ISE | July 16th, 2012 | Climate Justice, Green & Food Politics, Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

“Failure of the Green Economy”

The German group, Bundeskoordination Internationalismus (buko.info), has just published a new critical paper titled After the Failure of the Green Economy. This comes at an important time, as delegates from around the world are readying to meet in Rio de Janeiro for the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development. Unfortunately, …

Exclusive: The Grand Botanical Chess Game

From Puerto Rican social ecologist Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero: All over the world, debates on the future of food and agriculture are dominated by one supreme subject: the seed. Its importance cannot possibly be overstated. Seed is, after all, the beginning of the human food chain. In the words of University of Wisconsin professor Jack R. Kloppenburg: …

By ISE | April 19th, 2012 | Climate Justice, Green & Food Politics, Social Ecology Blog | 2 Comments |