Agrotoxic in Brazil: agroecological farmers market as a way of fighting agribusiness’ power over our health

Author: Luana de Melo Lucena, FLF M.Res. student In this post I want to consider a problem of the food system that is of utmost importance. It is the Agrotoxic in Brazil. Since 2008, Brazil is the largest consumer of pesticides in the world. The quantities thrown on the plantations are equivalent to about 5.2 liters of poison per inhabitant per year. Yet Brazil represents … Continue reading Agrotoxic in Brazil: agroecological farmers market as a way of fighting agribusiness’ power over our health

VIDEO: Interview with Pr. Olivier De Schutter

0:05 – How and why did you become interested in food related issues? 1:08 – The agrifood sector impinges on many aspects of human life and environment. What is, in your opinion, the most pressing issue? 2:32 – During your position as UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, how did you approach the fact that countries often have opposing interests when it comes … Continue reading VIDEO: Interview with Pr. Olivier De Schutter

VIDEO: Pr.dr.ir. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, “The importance of peasant agriculture: a neglected truth” – Public lecture at the IUC

Although hegemonic science obscures both the presence and importance of peasant agriculture in Europe, it composes, nonetheless, an important part of Europe’s agriculture. Ironically, it turns out, in the midst of the current crisis, the most resilient part as well. However, European and national policies mainly continue to bet on entrepreneurial agriculture. In this lecture it is argued that this is as much as betting … Continue reading VIDEO: Pr.dr.ir. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, “The importance of peasant agriculture: a neglected truth” – Public lecture at the IUC

Food Governance Module – Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Nora McKeon

The course started off by recalling some key features of how food provisioning was governed in a few ‘pre-modern’ and/or non-Western societies and reviewing the history of global food governance through two lenses: first, its institutional process and, second, the food regime analysis, that looks at the evolution of food governance with particular reference to the way world capitalism has organized world agricultures in function … Continue reading Food Governance Module – Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Nora McKeon

Video + Article – RECLAIM CONTROL: THE REVIVAL OF THE COMMONS AND FOOD DEMOCRACY

On January 26th, 2017 the inauguration of the new Master of Research in Food Law and Finance of the International University College of Turin (IUC) filled the tremendously beautiful Circolo dei Lettori, located in an old Palazzo of the 18th century. The attendance was such that people had to stand to be able to hear the speeches of Olivier De Schutter (former UN Special Rapporteur … Continue reading Video + Article – RECLAIM CONTROL: THE REVIVAL OF THE COMMONS AND FOOD DEMOCRACY