Issues / Food & Farm
“Countdown” by Alan Weisman: required reading for earthlings.
Our top pieces from 2013 touch on nearly corner of the world.
In the United States and throughout North America, NAFTA has accelerated the industrial consolidation of agriculture and pushed out smaller, more sustainable food producers.
Developed countries are still using the WTO to squeeze small farmers in the developing world--and developing world governments are going along with the charade.
Twenty years since its passage, NAFTA has displaced workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, depressed wages, weakened unions, and set the terms of the neoliberal global economy.
South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.
The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.
Over the last decade, thousands of Chinese gold-seekers have streamed into Ghana, falling into conflict with local authorities and rival miners.
In North Korea, the threat of desertification should be raised to the same level as nuclear nonproliferation.
Indigenous activists in Honduras risk their lives to protect their lands from predatory "development."