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Soil to Sky: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture

"In order to feed our world without destroying it, an holistic type of agriculture is needed, and we have a choice. Here we compare the current high-input industrial system with a renewed vision for agriculture: the agroecological system. [...]

Agroecological strategies can better feed the world, fight climate change and poverty, and protect soil…


Added by Joel Catchlove on April 26, 2013 at 11:12 — 1 Comment

New resource: Urban Farming Guidebook

The Urban Farming Guidebook is written to help planners, engineers, and administrators from small and large communities to gain a better understanding of the potential, pitfalls, and best practices for growing, potentially raising, and selling food within town boundaries. While it is…


Added by Joel Catchlove on January 23, 2013 at 12:38 — No Comments

Idea: A Coffee Co-op for Adelaide

Sam Shetler and Richard Bergin have been planning to create a worker co-op in Adelaide, a place for the activist community to eat, have a coffee, buy books, hold meetings and share their ideas. The place would be called the Co-Op Coffee Shop and they're hoping that if the original model performs well, is fine tuned and perfected, it will be able to facilitate the…


Added by Joel Catchlove on November 3, 2012 at 7:53 — No Comments

Food Mythbusters: Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow?

The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed…


Added by Joel Catchlove on November 3, 2012 at 7:50 — No Comments

Adelaide residents drinking possibly carcinogenic compound at unsafe levels.

In October, environmental organisation Friends of the Earth released a report about drinking water quality issues in South Australia. The report was compiled from a 9000 page Freedom of Information request from SA Water which covered water quality results between January 2000 and July 2012.

The report, which is available here, found:

*9,298 breaches to the…


Added by Joel Catchlove on November 3, 2012 at 7:46 — No Comments

The Conversation: Having our cake and eating it too – the big picture on food security

Quentin Farmar-Bowers, Research fellow, rural studies at Deakin University

Reposted from The Conversation

When we’re thinking about food security, it’s not enough to…


Added by Joel Catchlove on October 9, 2012 at 17:52 — No Comments

The Conversation: Paving our market gardens: choosing suburbs over food

We need to think about the benefits of locally grown food before signing off on suburban sprawl. avlxyz/Flickr



Added by Joel Catchlove on October 6, 2012 at 10:17 — No Comments

Vandana Shiva calls for "Seed Freedom"

Dear Seed keepers and Seed warriors,

On behalf of Navdanya, I write to invite you to become part of a Global Alliance for Seed Freedom – the start of a global campaign to alert citizens and governments around the world on how precarious our seed supply has become – and as a consequence how precarious our food security has become.

We started Navdanya 25…


Added by Joel Catchlove on October 3, 2012 at 8:58 — No Comments

People’s Food Plan, ‘Values, Principles and Best Practice’ discussion draft now available!

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's People’s Food Plan ‘Values, Principles and Best Practice’ discussion draft is now available to download:

People’s Food Plan: Values, Principles and Best Practice,…


Added by Joel Catchlove on September 15, 2012 at 11:17 — No Comments

The Margiris - Australia's first Super Trawler?

Reposted from the Australian Marine Conservation Society

Seafish Tasmania, an Australian fishing company based in Tasmania, is planning to bring one of the world's largest fishing vessels into the Australian fishing fleet. The…


Added by Joel Catchlove on September 8, 2012 at 19:22 — No Comments

The Australian: Brown out in Arctic apples raises GM ire

Reposted from The Australian | Sue Neales | July 21, 2012 12:00AM

A NEW type of apple -- the Arctic -- has been developed in Canada that does not brown when sliced, diced or bruised. Its breeders are confident the new Arctic varieties of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples will lure back consumers. But the bad news, if you like…


Added by Joel Catchlove on September 2, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Age: Fed Square to sprout a rooftop vegie patch

A vegie patch with a view. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones MCJ

August 28, 2012 - 2:53PM | Miki Perkins | City reporter, The Age

A SWATH of concrete…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 29, 2012 at 11:38 — No Comments

Crikey: Behind the seams - Lock the Gate unites cockies, blockies, croppers and greenies

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 | Reposted from Crikey | By Drew Hutton

I have been copping some flak lately from my Green or left-wing friends for being seen talking about coal and coal seam gas on public platforms with such well-known political conservatives as Alan Jones and Bob Katter. These people tell me they won’t come to meetings or…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 19, 2012 at 17:51 — 1 Comment

Eastern Courier Messenger: Fruit trees planted in Unley park as part of Unley Council trial

Unley Council is replacing street trees and trees in parks with fruit and nut trees to encourage sustainable living. Peter Croft (front) with Cecile Storrie, Megan Schartner, Peter Hughes and Jim Deed. Picture: Luke Hemer Source: AdelaideNow

Emily Griffiths | Reposted from…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 15, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

The green paper for Australia’s Corporate Food Plan

Michael Croft and Nick Rose

First published at The Conversation

In mid-July, the Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig released the green paper for Australia’s first-ever National Food Plan. According…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 13, 2012 at 14:32 — No Comments

GRAIN: Who will feed China: Agribusiness or its own farmers?

Photo: Reuters

China is now the world's largest global food market. What Chinese people eat has repercussions on everyone, because of the increasingly global reach of how and where that food is produced. When China began importing soybeans as animal feed in the late…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 7, 2012 at 10:34 — No Comments

Cereal Secrets: The world’s largest grain traders and global agriculture

The world’s largest commodity traders have a significant impact on the modern agri-food system. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, are dominant traders of grain globally and central to the food system, but their role is poorly understood.…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 7, 2012 at 10:31 — No Comments

Civil Eats: New Urban Ag Law Paves the Way for Growers in San Francisco

August 2nd, 2012 | Antonio Roman-Alcalá | Reposted from Civil Eats

Last month urban agriculture advocates in San Francisco got another piece of legislation to celebrate. City government once again came out to support the growing of food within this dense…


Added by Joel Catchlove on August 4, 2012 at 15:20 — 1 Comment

The Guardian: The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

Food riots in Algeria in 2008. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that

Lester R. Brown | …


Added by Joel Catchlove on July 24, 2012 at 23:04 — No Comments

Owned! An infographic on which brands belong to who

An intriguing infographic on the brand stables of some key industrial food players.

If anyone knows the origin of this image, let me know and I can credit it as appropriate.

Added by Joel Catchlove on June 14, 2012 at 19:03 — No Comments

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