Author Event: Blue Future

Author Event: Blue Future

Join water warrior Maude Barlow for a discussion of her bold new book: Blue Future; Protecting Water and People and the Planet Forever (New Press, 2014). Maude is the author of 17 books, the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, the board chair of Food and...
U.S. Water Policy Still All Wet

U.S. Water Policy Still All Wet

Growing conflicts over who owns water and how to manage it are emerging all over the world. Although debates at the UN and among civil society have moved toward the recognition of water as a basic human right, the United States still lags behind. Washington has...
Can Danilo Atilano Feed the World?

Can Danilo Atilano Feed the World?

Danilo Atilano leads us onto the moist soil from which his waist-high stalks of rice grow. It is four o’clock in the afternoon. He has selected this time to meet because this is when “the vegetation is wet with dew and comes alive with insects.” In...

China’s Wise Wheat Reserves

It’s fashionable to worry about China. One common fear is that China’s increasing demand for food will wreak havoc on international markets, causing mass starvation in food-importing countries. However, China uses safeguards to stave off food shortages. We...
Food Security and National Security

Food Security and National Security

Sounding the alarm about various threats posed by a rising China has become a cottage industry among pundits and politicians. One of the oldest warnings is that China’s increasing demand for food will wreak havoc on international markets, causing mass starvation...

Taxing Financial Speculation, Raising Funds for Critical Needs

Political discontent simmered for decades in Egypt, but soaring food prices helped push public frustration past the boiling point. As the political drama there continues to unfold, it’s critical to address the complex financial and environmental dynamics that have...

Dairy Farmers vs. Commodities Traders

Despite treating her cows humanely, strictly adhering to milk production regulations, and carefully stewarding her land, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer I know is $70,000 in debt. She has no idea how she’ll repay her creditors or how much longer they will allow her...
Food Sovereignty and Land Grabs In Africa

Food Sovereignty and Land Grabs In Africa

Making food available for all without damaging the environment is one of the most important global challenges for the 21st century. Using scarce land to grow fuel for cars leaves communities at risk and puts the planet in peril. Please join us for this panel...

A Memo to the Next President: Think Globally

With a global economic slowdown and a deepening food crisis, the biggest foreign policy priority for the next President must be building a global economy that benefits poor and working families in the United States and around the world. The World Bank estimates that...

Will Illicit Crop Cultivation Decline Amid Rising Food Prices?

Supplementing coca crops with grain cultivation will be good for Bolivians and may help to reduce net coca cultivation in Bolivia in the short run, but it is unlikely to curb global drug production in the long run. The cost of coca leaf or coca paste for...

Mother Earth’s Triple Whammy: Are We All North Koreans Now?

Gas prices are above $4 a gallon; global food prices surged 39% last year; and an environmental disaster looms as carbon emissions continue to spiral upward. The global economy appears on the verge of a TKO, a triple whammy from energy, agriculture, and climate-change...
Now Class, Let’s Review Iraq’s Lessons

Now Class, Let’s Review Iraq’s Lessons

Those of us with enough years under our belts may remember one of the favored slogans of Vietnam anti-war protesters: “What if they gave a war and nobody came ? “Today’s revised version might be: “What if they gave a war (or two ) and nobody...

Haiti: Addressing the Root Causes of the Current Food Crisis

Haiti, the first country in the African world to defeat colonialism, grew rice and exported food 30 years ago. Today, widespread hunger and political unrest have severely destabilized the Caribbean nation. Reverend Jesse Jackson recently led a delegation of 23...