By Rady Ananda
Need a last minute gift for your beloved locavore? Several books would make excellent holiday gifts, so this review covers a few of them on the environment, as it relates to local food sovereignty, food security and palate delight. There’s even one for kids, which starts the set:
Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow
Professor Heart (self-published: 2009, 210 pp.)
Charlotte Purin of Los Angeles decided one of the best ways to save Mother Earth is to get kids involved. So she wrote Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow for preteens. The tale educates as it entertains, integrating the concepts of sustainability, healthy-eating, and environmental consciousness into a fantasy adventure story.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties
Tagged Agroecology, Avatars of Gaia: Escape from Hazard Hollow, Charlotte Purin, Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots along the Pepper Trail, csa, Ellen LaConte, Environment, Films & Books, gardening, Genetically Engineered Food, Health Foods, Kriese Kraft Naghan, Life Rules: Why so much is going wrong everywhere at once, Sharon and Andrew Cooper, Sustainable Practices, The Superfood Gardener
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – United Nations, June 22, 2010
BRUSSELS (22 June 2010) – “Governments and international agencies urgently need to boost ecological farming techniques to increase food production and save the climate,” said UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, while presenting the findings at an international meeting on agroecology held in Brussels on 21 and 22 June.
Along with 25 of the world’s most renowned experts on agroecology, the UN expert urged the international community to re-think current agricultural policies and build on the potential of agroecology.
“One year ago, Heads of States at the G20 gathering in Italy committed to mobilizing $22 billion over a period of three years to improve global food security. This was welcome news, but the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment in agriculture is not how much, but how,” Olivier De Schutter said .
“Today, most efforts are made towards large-scale investments in land – including many instances of land grabbing – and towards a ‘Green Revolution’ model to boost food production: improved seeds, chemical fertilisers and machines,” the Special Rapporteur remarked. “But scant attention has been paid to agroecological methods that have been shown to improve food production and farmers’ incomes, while at the same time protecting the soil, water, and climate.”
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Relationships, Land Grab, Obama and Company, Region: Africa
Tagged Ag Policy, Agroecology, Climate, Ecology, Food Supply, Industrial Agriculture, Organic farming