See below for some highlights of our latest work, including free to download articles and videos. Feel free to pass some or all of this on to your networks or to copy/adapt parts for use in newsletters, etc. There are also a number of recent and freely downloadable articles listed below.
In solidarity with anti-racist struggles in the US and beyond
The murder of George Floyd has laid bare, once again, the abhorrent anti-black racism within policing in the USA. The video of the killing of George Floyd captured one instance of the racist and violent conditions that African Americans live with daily. The widespread hurt and pain of centuries of anti-blackness in policing and more broadly in society, forms the basis of sustained and powerful African American-led protests across every state in the USA. In acts of solidarity, and in resistance… [Read more: https://wp.me/p67WNH-B].
2020 – a Super Year for Biodiversity?
We are at the most critical ‘fork in the road’ which humans have ever faced and that we need to organise society along a path that will enable us to live within planetary boundaries. The hype leading into the meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) was that it marked the start of a ‘Super Year for Biodiversity’. In this blog, Patrick Mulvany ruminates on whether, in the context of the crises of climate change, human-animal disease transmission and biodiversity loss, will the increased awareness of people’s relation to the planet could mark 2020 as the year when we take a different path in order to secure Life on Earth. https://tinyurl.com/yd46czw8
Prioritising Agroecology and Challenging Corporate Technology-Led Approaches in the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and Beyond
This comment at agroecologynow.com joins other groups in expressing concerns over the corporate-led technocratic approach taking further hold at the UN, and in regards to the upcoming UN Food Summit in particular. It calls for the centering of bio-culturally diverse agroecology, the right to food and gender transformative approaches. Only from this perspective, rooted in a commitment to reversing environmental decline, supporting livelihoods and confronting all forms of inequity, will the summit be able to make a useful contribution to the long-term and difficult work ahead https://wp.me/p67WNH-yY
Liberate research and technology from growth-first ideology
Check out this new video and blog entry from Barbara Van Dyck that takes a critical view on research and technology to advocate for an orientation that enables “the pursuit of food-justice and the flourishing of all life”. Barbara joined the team at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience – CAWR in April 2020. https://youtu.be/OuVphCghiUc
EU Farm to Fork Strategy: Collective response from food sovereignty scholars
On June 5, 23 scholar-activists from various academic institutions in the EU released their collective analysis of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy. The document (available in English, French, Spanish) commends the European Commission for putting together a vision for the future of our food systems but identifies a number of shortcomings that stand in the way of a fair, healthy and rights-based transition. It covers a range of issues including production, consumption, trade, research and innovation, and international cooperation. It points to key steps to put agroecology really at the centre of an ambitious EU Strategy. Relatedly, supporting the advocacy work of the Nyéléni Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and Central Asia, this academic brief highlights the importance of food sovereignty for the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and the European New Green Deal.
No Time for Justice? Food Policy and Emergency Thinking in the Brexit Moment
This blog entry summarizes a newly published journal article on our research on policy discourse on food and farming in the 18 months following the Brexit referendum. We found a lack of direct attention to many of the issues and dynamics that are central to food justice. Despite this, there were important examples that we found in our study that signaled to us five questions that can help policy actors and advocates reflexively “read for justice” in their work. Read this post to learn about the main results of our study. A video and other materials are also available here: https://wp.me/p67WNH-AZ
New listserv on re-shaping research to better support agroecology
This discussion forum focuses on how to make publicly funded research support an agroecological transition. It is a space of exchange and dialogue for a growing network of critical agroecology researchers across the UK, Europe and beyond. Visit: https://wp.me/P67WNH-AA to join.
AgroecologyNow! Publications (Click to download)
- Anderson, C.R. 2020. Confronting the Institutional, Interpersonal and Internalized Challenges of Performing Critical Public Scholarship in the Elite Academy. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geography 19: 270-302.
- Burnett, E. and Owen, L. Coronavirus exposed fragility in our food system – it’s time to build something more resilient. The Conversation
- Buthelezi, N., Karriem, R., Lemke, S., Paganini,N., Stöber, S. and H. Swanby. 2020. Invisible Urban Farmers and a Next Season of Hunger– Participatory Co-research during Lockdown in Cape Town, South Africa
- Maughan, C., Anderson, C.R. and M. Kneafsey. 2020. A Five Point Framework for Reading for Social Justice: A Case Study of Food Policy Discourse in the Context of Brexit Britain. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.
- Moeller, N. and Pedersen, JM. 2020. Pandemic in the Amazon. Subsistence Matters blog post on how indigenous people in the Amazon are coping with the coronavirus pandemic and its socio-economic consequences. Click here for an abridged version of this article in The Conversation and here for a related podcast (4’38”) on the Australian Radio National.
- Owen, L.; Udall, D.; Franklin, A.; Kneafsey, M. Place-Based Pathways to Sustainability: Exploring Alignment between Geographical Indications and the Concept of Agroecology Territories in Wales. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4890.
- Pingault, N., Caron, P., Kolmans, A., Lemke, S., Kalafatic, C., Zikeli, S., Waters-Bayer, A., Callenius, C., Qin, Y. 2020. Moving beyond the opposition of diverse knowledge systems for food security and nutrition. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 19 (1): 291-293 (Open Access article).
- Roman-Alcalá, A., M. J. Chappell, E. Hazard, A. Iles, G. Graddy-Lovelace, M. Montenegro, and A. Shattuck. Can radical researchers get their act together? Food First Backgrounder, Spring 2020: Vol. 26(1). Oakland, CA: Food First / Institute for Food and Development Policy.
- Van Dyck, B. 2019. Blog entry and video Liberate research and technology from growth-first ideology as a key step to support food-justice and the flourishing of all life.
- Special Issue Published with multiple free articles, including from the AgroecologyNow collective. “Community Self-Organisation, Sustainability, and Resilience in Food Systems”
Highlighted Publications, Events and Updates From our Networks
- Call to Action: Agroecology for Climate Action [AFSA]
- Booklet: Illustrated version of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) [La Via Campesina]
- Booklet: The People’s Agroecology Process: Unlocking Our Power through Agroecology
- Booklet: Your Land, My Land, Our Land [French, English and Spanish]
- Newsletter: The Nyéléni newsletter on “Land grabs and land justice” EN, ES, FR
- Blog: “I Can’t Breathe,” Says Africa. [Million Belay, Africa]
- Blog: Two part series: “No Harm Here is Still Harm There: The Green New Deal and the Global South” (Part I; Part II)
- Blog: U.S. Agribusiness Takes Aim at Global Food Policy Reform. A rebuttal to the recent attacks on Agroecology by the USA.
- Blog: EU Green Deal | Carbon Farming Not Compatible With Agroecology.
- Research Report: Money Flows: What is Holding Back Investment in Agroecological Research in Africa [IPES-Food, Biovision and Institute of Development Studies]
- Research report: Learning Pathways into Sustainable Agriculture in the UK. see also this related blog entry.
- Webinar recording: ‘A Whiskey with Raj Patel, Ahna Kruzic, Jim Goodman and Jahi Chappell’, discussion of nationwide protests for racial justice and the vicious response by the police, as well as discussing food and agriculture during COVID-19, racism in the food system, New Deals, and more.
- Video: Agroecology – the next evolution in food systems [IPES-Food]
- Video: The US Food Sovereignty Alliance’s final film in the #FoodSovereigntyStories video series. The 11th film focuses on the roles of agroecology and collective work in the class struggle to defend the rights of peasants and farmworkers to achieve food sovereignty in Puerto Rico.
- June 25 – July 1: The World Social Forum on Transformative Economies. It will bring together four ‘movements of movements’: food sovereignty and agroecology, the commons, feminist economies and social & solidarity economy to create a new narrative and joint actions for radically transforming neoliberal and capitalist economies based on the values and visions shared by these movements.
- June 25 (7pm EST): “Food, Violence, and Resistance”: A Conversation with Ashanté M. Reese & Monica M. White
- June 30 (2pm EST) – Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty
- July 1 (15:00 CET): EU Farm to Fork Strategy: Collective Response and Strategizing From a Food Sovereignty Perspective.
- July 1-3: The 8th International Congress on Agroecology, originally planned in Vigo, Spain will now take place online. The event’s thematic focus is food policies for sustainability. [by Universidad de Vigo (Spain) and Universidad Federal Rural de Pernambuco (Brasil)].
- July 3-4: The Avocado Dialogues Developing research skills for participatory methodologies.
Special section featuring reports on COVID and food systems
We have been reading and engaging in discussions about COVID. The body of articles, blogs, etc. is vast and growing. We wanted to share a few of the key collections of articles we’ve found as well as a small selection of some articles that we’ve been discussing in relation to agroecology and food sovereignty.
Collections of articles
- Agriculture and Human Values special issue on Agriculture, Food & COVID 19: Includes 58 short and snappy “rapid response” by many colleagues in our immediate network.
- Coronavirus Food Systems Media Articles and Other: A running collection of articles in a google doc with an American focus, but also sections that are global in perspective.
- How to fix the world: A weaving together of ideas and articles that sketch out the contours of a transformation out of and beyond COVID
- PReP Dispatches: PReP’s team of researchers, activists, teachers, and farmers have published open-access reports spotlighting community-led pandemic responses emerging across the globe.
Individual articles we’re reading/discussing
- IPES-Food Report: COVID-19 and the crisis in food systems: Symptoms, causes, and potential solutions
- COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital. Monthly Review.
- Agroecology or Collapse (Originally in Portuguese. Rough translation here in English).
- GRAIN: New research suggests industrial livestock, not wet markets, might be origin of Covid-19
- ECVC Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Peasant Farming
- FIAN Report: Impact of COVID-19 on the Human Right to Food and Nutrition
- URGENCI Report: Community Supported Agriculture is a Safe and Resilient Alternative to Industrial Agriculture in the Time of Covid-19
- TNI & Focus on the Global South Report: ‘Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste’: The Covid-19 pandemic and the opportunity for food sovereignty
- #democratizingwork. Statement on, “Work: Democratize, Decommodify, Remediate” as a response to the COVID crisis.