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: 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