We know how food production needs to change if crisis is to be avoided – so why isn’t this happening? — The Conversation com

As the world races toward a projected 9 billion inhabitants, the failings of dominant food systems are impossible to deny. Current food production methods are severely polluting. They are the cause of malnutrition. They are also inequitable, and unjustifiably wasteful. And they are concentrated in the hands of few corporations. Entangled in the multiple crises…

Banning Boycotts: Un-American & Unconstitutional — Newsbud video

Newsbud presents an in-depth roundtable discussion on the controversial subject of banning boycotts in the United States. Newsbud’s founder & editor Sibel Edmonds hosts human rights attorney Mark Kleiman & human rights activist Paul Larudee as they debate the looming ban on boycotts that threatens our protected right to free speech under the Constitution, and…

Alternatives: Agroecology and community supported agriculture — by Jan Urhahn, Christine Pohl on HB Foundation

Agroecology is a successful concept which promotes farming methods that are attuned to local ecosystems. It is already used for growing rice worldwide. In France, the smallholder movement AMAP has attracted a huge membership. Farmers sign contracts to supply customers over a period of several months of a year. Creator: Atlasmanufaktur/Heinrich Böll Foundation. This image…

Global Profits from Dangerous Child Labor — Human Rights Watch Video

HumanRightsWatch Published on 6 Jun 2016 Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury, and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy. Human Rights Watch has documented hazardous child labor in agriculture, mining, the leather and apparel industry, and other sectors. Governments should better regulate businesses to prevent child labor in global…

‘Today Marks the End of TTIP’: Greenpeace Leak Exposes Corporate Takeover — by Deirdre Fulton on Common Dreams org 

The secret documents represent roughly two-thirds of the latest negotiating text, and in several cases expose for the first time the position of the U.S. WikiLeaks had previously announced a €100,000 “bounty” for the full TTIP text. (Image: Greenpeace) Confirming that the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amounts to “a huge transfer of power…

Greenpeace: Leaked TTIP papers show ‘threat’ to EU — Local de|Greenpeace leak ‘shows risks of EU-US deal’ — BBC News

  Thousands of anti-TTIP protesters turned out in Hanover when President Obama visited Germany last month The campaign group published 248 pages online to “shine a light” on the closed-door talks to forge a so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would be the world’s largest bilateral trade and investment agreement.   “This treaty is threatening to…

Environmentalists: The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP) is a disaster for Climate change —by Samantha Page on Global Possibilities org

Opponents of the TPP say its a sweetheart deal for fossil fuel companies. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Baker After years of meetings, months of Congressional debates, and days of around-the-clock negotiations, the United States and 11 other countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Trade agreement (TPP) on Monday. (…) “It’s still the same disaster for…

America’s Oligarch Problem: How the Super-Rich Threaten US Democracy — An Essay By Markus Feldenkirchen on Spiegel de

The sky’s the limit when it comes to the United States’ campaign finance system. Increasingly, the country’s richest sector is gaining influence and control over America’s politicals. The development threatens the country’s once proud democracy. Poking fun at the über-oligarch: Donald Trump pinatas are displayed in the window of a store in San Francisco’s Mission…

Fracking Fallout: New Analysis Reveals Over 100 Million Gallons of Toxic Wastewater Spilled Since 2009 — Common Dreams org

Associated Press investigation finds more than 180 million gallons of fracking byproduct spilled from 2009 to 2014, tainting agricultural land, poisoning drinking water, and sparking the mass die-off of plant and animal life. A pipe pours fracking waste into an unlined holding pond in Kern County, California. (Photo: Faces of Fracking/cc/flickr) (…) “In 2009, there…

Picturing the End of Fossil Fuels — By Bill McKibben on Common Dreams org|"It’s all of us, the little guys, against the immense, concentrated wealth and power of the biggest companies on earth."

Early in the morning of 15 August, approximately 1,500 people set off from the climate camp in Germany’s Rhineland to try and enter one of the vast open-cast lignite mines in the area and block the massive excavators. The Rhineland coalfields are the biggest source of CO2 emissions in Europe. (Photographer: Ruben Neugebauer) When they…

TISA Exposed: ‘Holy Grail’ of Leaks Reveals Detailed Plot for Corporate Takeover — by Deirdre Fulton on Common Dreams org

Fifty-two-nation Trade in Services Agreement uses trade regulations ‘as a smokescreen to limit citizen rights,’ says labor leader At a protest in Geneva last year. (Photo: Annette Dubois/flickr/cc) Days ahead of another round of secret international negotiations, WikiLeaks on Wednesday released what it described as “a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for…

EU Citizens Petition Against CETA and TTIP Trade Arrangements — Global voices org article by Marinella Matejcic

Critics fear that the two transatlantic trade agreements are designed to help big business circumvent important regulations. Similar concerns were behind this 1904 political cartoon showing a Standard Oil tank as an octopus overriding democracy. Published by Ottmann Lith, Co., 1904 Sept. 7. Now Creative Commons. Citizens all over Europe are petitioning against CETA (the…

Top UK Retailers Targeted in Price Tag Switch for Living Wage |’Stop scrooging’ their employees — Common Dreams org

Amid holiday shopping rush, activists call on nation’s wealthiest chains to ‘stop scrooging’ their employees What a deal! The living wage in the United Kingdom is only £7.85.(Photo: Bex Hay/Twitter) Amid the hubbub of the holiday shopping season, activists in the United Kingdom have been surreptitiously calling on the nation’s largest retailers to raise their…