The Paris Climate Agreement: Hope or Hype?

January 2, 2016 Brian Tokar

It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways. This was first apparent after the high-profile Copenhagen conference in 2009, when a four-page non-agreement was praised by diplomats, but denounced by well-known critics as a “sham,” a “farce,” and a mere face-saver.

Advancing Food Sovereignty to Transform Economies

December 3, 2015 Mamadou Goïta

"Food sovereignty can transform local, national, and regional markets to support countries’ domestic economies and allow us to create wealth, both in production and knowledge." - Mamadou Goïta, development socio-economist from Mali and Executive Director of Institute for Research and Promotion of Alternatives in Development.

Is the Paris Climate Conference Designed to Fail?

November 11, 2015 Brian Tokar

From the end of this month through early December, much of the world’s attention will be focused on Paris, the site of the upcoming round of UN climate negotiations. This is the twenty-first time diplomats and heads of state will gather under the umbrella of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Challenging Racism in the Food System

The 2015 US Food Sovereignty Prize was awarded on October 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. This year, one of the two winners is the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a network of cooperatives, almost all of them comprised of Black family farmers, across the deep South. The Federation upholds a vision of local production for local consumption, and of defense of their family land needed for that local production.

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