As COVID-19 Surges, Farmworkers Are Paying A High Price

By Evelyn Nieves, Inside Climate News. -

Every day, California farmworkers worry that the pandemic plowing through agricultural hubs will catch them and kill them. They also worry that not working will kill them. The collapse of food [...]

The Gates Foundation’s “Green Revolution” In Africa

By Ann Garrison, Black Agenda Report. -

Fourteen years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with the stated goal of doubling productivity and incomes [...]

Community-Focused Gardening Takes Root In Alaska

By Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today. -

Alaska is cold. With temperatures below freezing from October to April, it has some of the longest winters in the country. And the terrain can be challenging: rocky islands with scant soil. [...]

Food Sovereignty Activists See The Pandemic Crisis As Pivotal For Change

By David Bacon, Food First. -

Disaster brings change, however. Many grassroots organizations and movements are trying to seize the moment to propose alternatives, and in some cases, to begin implementing them. Some are [...]

Thousands Of Essential Workers Are At Risk of Deportation

By Maurizio Guerrero, In These Times. -

Legions of undocumented immigrants in the United States carry letters signed by their employers stating that President Donald Trump's administration considers them essential workers amid the [...]

COVID-19 Sparks A Rebirth Of The Local Farm Movement

By Stephanie Hiller, YES Magazine. -

Family farms in California and across the country have been hit hard by the impact of the coronavirus on their markets. But in the health-conscious Bay Area, where celery was already one of the [...]

A New Model For Community-Owned Farmland

By Agrarian Trust. -

Today Agrarian Trust announces the launch of a transformative new model for community-based farm and ranch ownership and tenure, the Agrarian Commons. After several years of development and [...]

Hundreds Of Apple Workers On Strike In Washington

By David Bacon, Labornotes. -

Last week the COVID-related strike in Washington state’s Yakima Valley quadrupled in size, as workers walked out at three more apple packinghouses. More than a hundred stopped work on May 7 at [...]

Pandemic Used To Cover For Loosening Crop Poison Regulation

By Sarah Okeson, DC Report. -

The Trump EPA wants to reapprove use of a dangerous herbicide. Trump appointees are hiding behind the COVID-19 pandemic to excuse a herbicide manufacturer from monitoring levels of the poison [...]

How Permaculture Can Build Resilience And Meet Basic Needs

By Marina Martinez, Waging Nonviolence. -

Despite their urgency, coronavirus outbreaks, health crises and failing institutions are just some of the problems our global society is facing today. Billions of people worldwide still lack [...]

The Struggle Against Neoliberalism Intensifies: Saving Our Postal Service And Workers

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. -

The wave of worker, student, and renter strikes is growing into a campaign for a general strike that begins on May 1 and continues at the first of each month from there. The government's response [...]

Groups Urge Mnuchin To Ban Large Agribusinesses From CARES Act Aid

By Friends of the Earth. -

Washington, DC — A coalition of 68 farmer, environmental, and antitrust groups across the country sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today, urging the U.S. Department of the [...]

How Industrial Food Makes Us More Vulnerable To COVID-19

By Kristin Lawless, Organic Consumers Association. -

When I finished working on my book, “Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture,” in 2018 — after 10 years of research and writing — I was [...]

Milk From Wisconsin Farms To Be Given To People In Need

By Sam Brink, WAOW.com. -

The Hunger Task Force is joining forces with several other Wisconsin organizations to help the underfed and the unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic. They are partnering with Dairy [...]

Tree Rings And Weather Data Warn Of Megadrought

By Tim Radford, Climate News Network. -

London – Climate change could be pushing the US west and northern Mexico towards the most severe and most extended period of drought observed in a thousand years of US history, a full-blown [...]