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Food and Agriculture

  • Bill Would Set Manitoba’s Animal Protections Back By A Decade

    As undercover investigations have shown, cruelty is rampant on Manitoba pig farms. As former animal cruelty investigators, we have documented routine abuses in the pig industry, including the confining of pregnant pigs in barren crates so small they are unable to turn around, the mutilation of piglets without any pain relief, and the complete lack of medical attention for sick and suffering pigs.

  • Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time

    My attitude toward becoming a vegan was similar to Augustine’s attitude toward becoming celibate—“God grant me abstinence, but not yet.”

  • Food fights against austerity

    Land occupations in Andalusia, the Fast Food Forward Thessaloniki, and restaurant strikes at steakhouses across Germany have created new fault lines in the fight over who is to pay the price of the crisis, writes activist Mark Bergfeld.

  • Gnawing questions

    Here in Canada, Industry Minister James Moore made it clear last month that he feels no responsibility to feed hungry children. Andrea Levy outlines some of the key challenges and prospects the Left faces with respect to food production, distribution and consumption.

  • A plague of David Attenborough

    In Attenborough’s view, Ethiopians are starving simply because there are too many of them. Since they haven’t voluntarily reduced their numbers, the natural world is doing so, by the “natural” method of mass starvation.

  • The Edible is Political

    The need for a dietary revolution is incontrovertible. But if the moral appeal falls on deaf hearts, the ecological argument should clinch the case.

  • Time for a food revolution

    A spike in food prices in 2008 pushed the number of hungry people in the world past the one billion mark. It was not a temporary phenomenon. Those record prices are now back on international markets.

  • Fare Questions

    We might have hoped that by the 21st century hunger would be a scourge of the past. But the problem is actually worse now than it was a decade ago.

  • Web Exclusive: Eco-feminism and Farmwomen

    Eco-feminists believe that women and nature share certain traits and are innately attuned. Both women and nature cycle through rhythmic patterns of death and renewal. And women, as caretakers of community life, have a greater awareness of the complex community-level interactions of ecology and nature.

  • The Structural Roots of Hunger, Food Crises and Riots

    In recent months major international banks, financial newspapers and mass media have been forced to recognize that there is a major food crisis and that hundreds of millions of people face hunger, malnutrition and outright starvation. World conferences have been convoked and national emergencies have been declared, as millions riot in nearly fifty countries, threatening to overthrow regimes.

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