Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast demands reinstatement of illegally fired ALC Chair – and we encourage you to do so, as well

Monday, June 15, 2015 On May 14, 2015, nearly seven months before the designated end of his term, the BC Cabinet terminated Richard Bullock from his position as Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) without warning.  Last week, West Coast wrote to the provincial government suggesting that Mr. Bullock’s termination was illegal and asking ...

Politics and its Discontents: Avoiding Another Imbroglio: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post

This note from the Mound of Sound accompanied the post that follows: Some of the course material I’ve been going through lately got me thinking about the conflicts raging in Syria and Iraq. I got thinking about them in the context of water and food security as well as climate change. Our corporate media really ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Bill 24 – Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act: Undermining BC’s Food Security

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Following hot on the heels of the controversial Park Amendment Act (Bill 4), the BC government has introduced another bill that would open up some of the province’s most publicly valuable lands – in this case, its farmlands – to industrial development. Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, weakens legal ...

The Canadian Progressive: To avert looming food crisis, stop eating meat, milk and eggs: Study

To avert the looming global food crisis, all we’ve to do is stop eating animal products, according to a new study by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. The post To avert looming food crisis, stop eating meat, milk and eggs: Study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives ignoring housing, food security needs in Canada’s North

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are making the cost of living unsustainable for families in Canada’s North, according to Yvonne Jones, the Liberal MP for Newfoundland and Labrador. The post Conservatives ignoring housing, food security needs in Canada’s North appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

openalex: Urban Agriculture is "Gangsta": Ron Finley on Growing Abundance in a Food Desert

Ron Finley, presenting @TED, has come up with possibly the best talk I’ve seen on urban agriculture. Taking urban agriculture seriously has been a favourite theme of mine here for a while. There is something deeply powerful about bringing agricultural production back into public urban spaces, and identifying and transforming plots of land that would ...

openalex: Urban Agriculture is "Gangsta": Ron Finley on Growing Abundance in a Food Desert

Ron Finley, presenting @TED, has come up with possibly the best talk I’ve seen on urban agriculture. Taking urban agriculture seriously has been a favourite theme of mine here for a while. There is something deeply powerful about bringing agricultural production back into public urban spaces, and identifying and transforming plots of land that would ...

Cowichan Conversations: Smarten Up Stephen Harper-Leave Our Farms Alone!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger   Wendy Holm is a leading  Canadian Agrologist whose work is both inspiring and essential to representing the needs of agriculture in Canada. The threat to our agricultural sovereignty is clear and arguably more important than the threat to our energy supplies . Smarten Up Stephen! Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent bleating about protecting ...

The Disaffected Lib: A World Without Food Security

This map, published in today’s  Guardian, is an eye opener.   It charts how much of the world faces food insecurity.   That, by the way, is all of the world except those countries coloured green. Get the picture?   North America (excluding Mexico), Western Europe (excluding Spain), Iceland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand – that’s the lot.   ...

Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food

“Let the seed be exhaustless, let it never get exhausted, let it bring forth seed next year.” – peasant prayer Dr.Shiva been sounding the alarm bells about food insecurity and the monopolization of the worlds seed supply by a handful of corporations such as Monsanto for decades now. It is long past time that we ...

The Disaffected Lib: The "Century of Hunger"?

The wealthiest nations are poised to condemn the peoples of the rest of the world to a “Century of Hunger” unless they agree to new rules governing food supply.   That warning was delivered by French agriculture minister, Bruno Le Maire, as the G20 AgMins gathered in Paris today. France, which holds the G-20 presidency, wants ...

350 or bust: The Joys of Mushroom Hunting

It is becoming increasingly clear how important the links between food security, decreasing our carbon footprint, and eating local are. Although for decades industrial agriculture has been touted as the way to feed an increasing, and increasingly hungry, world population, it hasn’t lived up to that goal. Now a new study has found that small ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Canada’s Future Be Sold on the Auction Block?

With a major freshwater crisis setting in throughout South Asia, India and East Asia and warnings that already record prices for food staples may double by 2030, this is what you can expect for the future.    China is making a major land grab, this time not in Africa but in Argentina, and it’s got people ...

openalex: Climate Change Slams Food Production: Agricultural Investors To Rake It In

Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh. Tuesday’s Globe and Mail led it’s investment section with an article titled “Warming Trend May be Boon to Canada.” The piece focused on a new study, published in Science, which shows that since 1980 rising temperatures have reduced global yields of wheat and maize by 5.5% and 3.8% respectively. ...

Green Assassin Brigade: Speculating in Misery

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard brings us an interesting article dealing with the speculation of agricultural land.Speculators like rich hedge funds and billionaires have been buying up large chunks of foreign agricultural land in order to speculate on the hunger that a growing and more affluent world population will bring. Combine this growing demand with the destruction of ...

Green Assassin Brigade: Speculating in Misery

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard brings us an interesting article dealing with the speculation of agricultural land.Speculators like rich hedge funds and billionaires have been buying up large chunks of foreign agricultural land in order to speculate on the hunger that a growing and more affluent world population will bring. Combine this growing demand with the destruction of ...

Green Assassin Brigade: Transition Town arrives in York Region

Are you in York Region?Do you believe in peak oil?Are you concerned about the impact of peak oil?If so you’ll be pleased to know Transition (upper) York Region is born..

Green Assassin Brigade: Transition Town arrives in York Region

Are you in York Region?Do you believe in peak oil?Are you concerned about the impact of peak oil?If so you’ll be pleased to know Transition (upper) York Region is born..