Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sarath Fernando on natural farming: Part 4 A call to regenerating nature

This is the final interview of a 4 part interview with Sarath Fernando from Movement for National Land and Agrarian Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka.  MONLAR is a member of La Via Campesina.





Source:  La Via Campesina South East Asia

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Sarath Fernando on natural farming: Part 3 Zero Budget Natural Farming

This is the third part of a 4 part interview with Sarath Fernando from Movement for National Land and Agrarian Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka.  MONLAR is a member of La Via Campesina.



Source:  La Via Campesina South East Asia

Friday, 29 July 2011

Sarath Fernando on Natural Farming: Part 2 The Answers: Agro-ecology and Natural Farming

This is the second part of a 4 part interview with Sarath Fernando from Movement for National Land and Agrarian Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka.  MONLAR is a member of La Via Campesina.
In this interview, Sarath instead promotes natural agro-ecological methods of farming such as natural farming in India and Sri Lanka which rely on natures own ways and nourish the earth and humans depending on the earth.  Sarath tells us that it is the poor and the victims of hunger and poverty who themselves have the real solutions to their poverty, environmental damage and hunger.  It is these natural solutions of the poor that need to be promoted rather than false solutions like free trade, GM crops, green revolutions, carbon markets etc that have instead caused more harm to nature and humans while failing to make a dent in the serious hunger crisis.



Thursday, 28 July 2011

Sarath Fernando on natural farming: Part 1 Global Crisis: Aspects and Responsibilities

This is the first part of a 4 part interview with Sarath Fernando from Movement for National Land and Agrarian Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka.  MONLAR is a member of La Via Campesina.
In this interview, Sarath explains to us why it is that the same solutions being promoted repeatedly by international institutions and governments are failing every time and instead we find the multiple global crises of climate and hunger intensifying.  He tells us that the creators of the problems can't be the solvers of the problem.  It is the people who face the problems, and the victims who can find the solutions.....




Monday, 25 July 2011

Women and food sovereignty: voices of rural women of the south

Friends of the Earth, International have produced a document presenting powerful testimonies that reflect the situation of rural women in Latin America, Africa and Asia.  

Their testimonies allow greater understanding of their roles in both economic production and sustenance of life, tasks often carried out exclusively by the community's female members.

In addition, to resistance towards industrial agriculture and land grabbing, the testimonies show alternative approaches to the agribusiness model.  Many of the actions taken by women to fight for their rights are in fact traditional practices they have recovered and sustained.

Read their testimonials here.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Campesinos speak out at the 5th Congress of CLOC

This video is worth taking the time to watch.  The voices are those of campesinos who participated at the 5th congress of the CLOC (Latin American Coordination of Peasant Organisations) held in October 2010 in Equador.  CLOC represents agricultural, indigenous and afro-descendent movements of 84 organisations in 18 countries in Latin America.

Friday, 8 July 2011

The new food wars: globalisation GMO's and biofuels

Scientist and activist Vandana Shiva explores whether the future will be one of food wars or food peace. She argues that the creation of food peace demands a major shift in the way food is produced and distributed, and the way in which we manage and use the soil, water and biodiversity, which makes food production possible.



Source:  Global Research TV

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Twelve Benefits of a Commons-Based Approach



We came across this FANTASTIC video - it is a commons documentary being produced by Kevin Hansen.  He says that this video is a step towards describing the vision of a 'third way' beyond government and business, where people can directly organise around commons they share.  

Kevin gives a great description of the 12 benefits:  Actionable, Declarative, Practical, Goodwill, Social Legitimacy, Commonsense understanding, Examples abound, Restorative sustainability, Nature is explicitly represented, Better integration across domains, Economics and Politics get re-framed in Positive ways and Rights and responsibilities for all.

This video is worth watching - and his explanation of these 12 benefits is well worth the read.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Organic Food, Diverse Food, Abundant Food: Dr. Vandana Shiva



Dr Vandana Shiva, a physicist and powerful leader in the worldwide, growing movement towards organic food, describes her vision for the diverse, healthy ecosystems that once sustained, can provide ample food for humanity.  In a stunning critique, she describes her research demonstrating that organic, diverse food-ecosystems provide far more food, better quality food, better ecosystems / habitat and more profitability for organic farmers.  Using first hand investigations, she shows how the debt-cycle of chemical monoculture farming is impoverishing farmers while devastating the ecosystems that sustain our food supply.  Dr Shiva describes how the farm debt burden of chemical monocultures underlies the terrible suicide problems faced by Indian farmers - and how organic farmers are profitable.  Her vision is an important counterpoint to the discredited notion that chemical monocrop agriculture was preferential.


Source:  Kevin Hansen

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Venezuelan Agroecology: An Economic Imperative

Small-scale farmer Alejandro Esculana is committed to demonstrating to the critics that agroecological farming methods can not only be socially and environmentally successful but can also generate real economic outcomes. 
Hear Alejandro's incredible story of how he, with the help of his wife Carolina and prominent Venezuelan agroecologist Professor Miguel Angel Nunez, transformed his life from a city-focused businessman to a highly innovative agroecological farmer. Be inspired by his logical, forward-thinking and surprisingly simple strategies to produce healthy food in an economically viable manner.

Special thanks to our talented translator Federico Fuentes


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