Tag Archives: agriculture

How the Great Food War Will Be Won

How the Great Food War Will Be Won
There is no global or regional shortage of food. There never has been and nor is there ever likely to be. India has a superabundance of food. South America is swamped in food. The US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are swamped in food (e.g. Billen et al 2011). In Britain, like in many wealthy countries, nearly half of all row crop food production now goes to biofuels, which at bottom are an attempt to dispose of surplus agricultural ... Read more

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore’s Fragile Food System

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore’s Fragile Food System
Above: A crew of volunteer “aunties” weed and harvest basil at the ComCrop rooftop farm, set high above Singapore’s Orchard Road.Maureen Pao/NPR Once lined with plantations, Singapore’s Orchard Road is now a sort of Asian Rodeo Drive. But overlooking the commercial mecca is a different kind of oasis: 6,000 square feet of vegetable and fish gardens. The aquaponic garden features mint, basil and leafy greens growing in ... Read more

California Harvest Much Smaller Than Normal Across Crops

California Harvest Much Smaller Than Normal Across Crops
It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables. By Dale Kasler Originally published in the Sacramento Bee One commodity after another is feeling the impact of the state’s epic water shortage. The great Sacramento Valley rice crop, served in sushi restaurants nationwide and exported to Asia, will be smaller than usual. Fewer grapes will be available to produce ... Read more

The Scourge of ‘Peak Oil’

When demand for oil consistently surpasses supply, experts warn that our lives will look “very differently”. By Dahr Jamail Al Jazeera, Juyly 26, 2011 Energy derived from oil reaches, quite literally, every aspect of our lives. “We’re going to see major changes in industrial civilisation … anything with a parking lot is going to be in trouble” [EPA] From the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to how we ... Read more

Monsanto Nation: Taking Down Goliath

“If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.” – Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994 By Ronnie Cummins CommonDreams.org, July 28, 2011 After two decades of biotech bullying and force-feeding unlabeled and hazardous genetically engineered (GE) foods to animals and humans‹aided and ... Read more