In much of the Andes, soil erosion is thought to be one of the most limiting factors in crop production. Soil is vulnerable to erosion where it is exposed to moving water or wind and where conditions of topography or human use decrease the cohesion of the soil. ©IFAD/ Juan I. Cortés

Indigenous Peoples’ Lands Guard Eighty Percent of World’s Biodiversity

February 27, 2017 Baher Kamal

They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their traditional lands guard over 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity.

Standing Strong as a Rock: Resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline Continues

December 8, 2016 Beverly Bell

The power of mobilized, united people was proven once again on December 4, when the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit necessary for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be laid under the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s ancestral Missouri River. The Army announced that it would explore alternative routes. Despite these advances, victory is not assured.

A View from Standing Rock: Arrestee Speaks Out Against Police Repression of Dakota Pipeline Protesters

November 4, 2016 Thomas Rose

On Monday, October 10, Alder of Madison, Wisconsin and Toward Freedom board member Rebecca Kemble was arrested at the Standing Rock Reservation where protests are ongoing against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Charged with four misdemeanors, Kemble spent the night in an overcrowded jail. As the situation on the reservation escalates, TF reached out to Kemble to share her experience and get her take on the significance of the Standing Rock protests.

Vandana Shiva: Ending a Century of Ecocide and Genocide, Seeding Earth Democracy

October 17, 2016 Vandana Shiva

For more than a century, a poison cartel has experimented with and developed chemicals to kill people, first in Hitler's concentration camps and the war, later by selling these chemicals as inputs for industrial agriculture. In a little over half a century, small farmers have been uprooted everywhere, by design, further expanding the toxic fields of  the industrial agriculture.

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