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Death of the Field

The village of Dudestii Vechi in west Romania has survived communism, deportation and land fragmentation – but will the Italian agribusiness that has consolidated its land destroy it forever?   Text by Vlad Odobescu, Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina Courtesy of The Black Sea and of Casa Jurnalistului Hanging up on a wall in front of us, the village […]

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Paris, the place where we should stop burning our food

Raul Cazan Paris COP // Land use // Development //    A decade ago, I had the joy to meet and interview Carlo Petrini, the president of Slow Food. I thought it was another elitist concept beautifully designed for bourgeois slackers and their selective consumerism. When Petrini started talking I was stunned: it revealed that […]

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Climate Change Furthers Desertification in Northern Africa’s Golden Coast

// by Francis Npong, Ghana The kind of ecological calamity that sent Ethiopia and Sunden’s Darfur from relative food sovereignty to food scarcity is here with us in Ghana, as Sahara Desert has continued to turn the Northern part of Ghana into wasteland and marches violently and unstoppably southwards. According to environmental expert Thomas Ayamga, […]

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World’s land and forests at threat from Europe’s demand for bioenergy

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe’s bioenergy needs by 2030, reveals new research released by Friends of the Earth. The new analysis by Vienna University of Economics and Business for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe’s consumption of crops and wood […]

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FILM: Slow Food Story

“They say we are what we eat, but the way we eat is destroying the planet. Fortunately, some people are fighting back,” says Azio Citi, introducing Carlo Petrini in the new documentary Slow Food Story. “But who is Carlo Petrini? He’s my best friend.” Slow Food Story offers a personal account of how the Slow […]

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Agriculture and Immigration at Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto

“Reorganizing the work of immigrants in agriculture is one of the biggest and most important problems for the Italian agricultural system.” With these words, Gaetano Pascale, the president of Slow Food Campania, opened the conference “Agriculture and Immigration” at the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012. The main topic of the meeting was the […]

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Fighting Food Waste

Such was the title of the conference moderated by educator and president of Ecoquartieri Italian association Francesco Mele and held at Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012 on Sunday October 28th. After reminding the audience of key figures such as the 95 kilos of food wasted per year by the average European citizen, he […]

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Terra Madre Opens in Turin

Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 2012 was opened in the Palaolimpico stadium in Turin with an epic feast of speakers, music and spectacle in front of an audience of food communities, volunteers and the public. This morning, an inauguration at the Lingotto exhibition center marked the official opening of the event to visitors. The […]

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Pandora 810

American farmers are experiencing the benefits of scientific progress first hand. In the agriculture of the most developed country on the planet transgenics have created a semi-feudal system where the governing rule is held by the Company, which in turn is valiantly protected by its army of lawyers. “Monsanto” style businesses prove to be far […]

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Third Industrial Revolution Kicks In

Three years ago I was obsessed with cutting carbon and carbon markets. The smartest and most inspirational people I was meeting at the time were blowing whistles at “pressure on ecosystems”. If in those times companies were getting shallowly into green business and coming forth with loads of disgusting greenwash, I was there wishing to […]

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‘ADDRESS MOUNTAIN SPECIFICITIES BETTER IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY’

It is time to really implement territorial cohesion and pay special attention to mountain areas, as emphasised in the article […]

Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits […]

Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]

Climatic causes of War in Syria. A talk with Khaled, Syrian environmental journalist

by Raul Cazan // Khaled Osta Esmael was an environmental, cultural and social journalist in Damascus. He used to cover […]