Grain Yields Starting to Plateau

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Editor’s Note: As regular readers will know, I don’t agree 100% with everything I post to the site. The article below, for example, has somewhat of a focus on fossil-fuel-based fertiliser, as the means to increasing yields. But, I put this piece up anyway, as the statistical information it contains on plateauing yields is an… Read more »

Food or Fuel?

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, the importing countries were beginning to ask themselves if there were alternatives to oil. In a number of countries, particularly the United States, several in Europe, and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel… Read more »

US Staple Crop System Failing from GM and Monoculture

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Resilience, yields, pesticide use, and genetic diversity, all worse than Non-GM Europe by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A new study shows that the US Midwest staple crop system — predominantly genetically modified (GM) — is falling behind other economically and technologically equivalent regions. Western Europe, matched for latitude, season and crop type as well as economic… Read more »

The Landed Mafia

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It’s time we confronted the National Farmers’ Union and the millionaires it works for. by George Monbiot Is there any organisation as selfish, grasping and antisocial as the National Farmers’ Union? Is there any organisation, except the banks, which secures so much public money while offering so little in return? Here are some of the… Read more »

A Serengeti on Our Doorsteps

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Is it really possible? Yes, I think it is. by George Monbiot Here’s a video of the 15-minute talk I gave at 5×15, where I spell out the remarkable potential for rewilding in Europe, including the possibility of reintroducing the elephants, rhinos, hippos, hyenas and lions we’ve lost. I also talk about how this could… Read more »

Insecticide Blamed for Bee Decline also Lethal to Aquatic Organisms

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Low chronic exposure to the soluble insecticide is lethal to fresh water shrimps. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. A new study shows neonicotinoid insecticides are lethal to freshwater invertebrates following low but constant exposure. This group… Read more »

Ban GMOs Now – Health & Environmental Hazards Especially in the Light of the New Genetics

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The most exhaustive, and up-to-date summary of the dangers of GM agriculture for 2013. GM agriculture is a recipe for disaster, as this report will make clear. It is also standing in the way of the shift to sustainable agriculture already taking place in local communities all over the world that can truly enable people… Read more »

Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef

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Janet Larsen and J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute The world quietly reached a milestone in the evolution of the human diet in 2011. For the first time in modern history, world farmed fish production topped beef production. The gap widened in 2012, with output from fish farming—also called aquaculture—reaching a record 66 million tons,… Read more »

Agricultural Hegemony

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Why do farmers’ groups indulge in such ridiculous scaremongering about the restoration of the natural world? by George Monbiot The dam is beginning to crack, faster than I would have believed possible. Britain, one of the world’s most zoophobic nations, is at last considering the return of some of its extinct and charismatic mammal species…. Read more »

Living Soil Saves Lives!

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A non-profit teaches a soil education program to combat the farmer suicide epidemic in rural India. By Tejal Heblekar, and edited by Eileen Mello A few kilometers from the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Orissa, rural farmers have gathered around a microscope to see what lies hidden in the ground. The Hummingbird… Read more »

What’s Missing from this Picture?

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Somehow almost all of us have missed the real story behind the disappearance of our wildlife. by George Monbiot Even before you start reading the devastating State of Nature report, you get an inkling of where the problem lies. It’s illustrated in the opening pages with two dramatic photographs of upland Britain. They are supposed… Read more »