Late last month, peasant movements, Indigenous peoples and civil society organizations (CSOs) sent two strong messages to those in charge of the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) at a Pre-Summit event in Rome.
My spirit name is Biidabanaakwe. My English name is Tanya RedRoad. I am a descendant of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. I’m very excited to announce that I have stepped into the role of Coordinator for the Toxic Taters Coalition.
Update: Just last week, EPA announced a ban on all food uses of chlorpyrifos! Though the decision is not perfect — and we’ll continue pressing for phaseout of all remaining, non-food uses of this dangerous chemical — this is a huge milestone that protects the health of millions of children, farmworkers and families. Next up, we’ll continue pushing for the EPA to do the right thing by following the science and standing up to corporate influence.
The land on which we grow and forage food is a complex ecosystem that supports and sustains us; how we view ourselves in relationship to the land influences how we interact with it. In modern Western culture, land is viewed as something to be owned and used, rather than as an entity in its own right — a member of our community that works with us.
Climate change is bad news for agriculture; it’s predicted to result in crop loss as unpredictable temperatures and precipitation become more common. This is especially true in areas where food insecurity is already a threat, such as sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.
"With the awareness that farming often damages the soil comes a responsibility to find a balance between successfully growing food and doing our best to maintain the health of the soil we rely on." Learn more
Imagine my shock when I found that almost all of the risk management effort for pesticides — especially in Low and Middle Income Countries – relied on behaviour change. The use of personal protective equipment remains, in many cases, the only measure in place to manage the risks associated to using pesticides.