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

Hard times for the right to food in international negotiations

Author: Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food [Editors’ Note: The Editors are particularly thankful to the author for the opportunity to publish her post on our website. We consider this post to be particularly relevant and timely given the recent report on the link between pesticides and human rights violations that the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and the Special Rapporteur on … Continue reading Hard times for the right to food in international negotiations

VIDEO: Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol

00:10 – How and why did you realise that you would dedicate your life to food? 2:48 – Hunger is politics. What is the most pressing issue, both for public authorities and individuals? 7:03 – How do you view your role as a researcher? 9:24 – What do you think about Public-Private Partnerships? Can corporations be drivers of political change? Continue reading VIDEO: Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol

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