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Scientists send an open letter to the FAO on agroecology and social justice

The FAO is convening an ‘International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition Security’ from September 18-19 in Rome. Ahead of the forum, more than 70 scientists signed onto an open letter supporting the organization for taking on agroecology, while urging them to … Continue reading

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Open Proposal to the China Cuisine Association: ‘Pigs, Pork, and Practice’ for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Designation

The China Cuisine Association (CCA) is in the midst of their second attempt to get Chinese food listed on UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list. After the first try failed for being too general, they’re looking for specific suggestions. So I … Continue reading

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Webinar on China’s Meat Revolution This week, IATP will release four new reports on agriculture in China, including looks at the dairy, poultry, feed, and pork industries. To accompany the launch of the reports, the Institute is also hosting a … Continue reading

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Documenting Food Sovereignty for Hong Kong TV

Hong Kong is an island. With a population of 7 million, a land mass of 1,104 square kilometers (426 square miles), and agricultural production contributing less than 0.1% to GDP, Hong Kong relies on food imports for most of the … Continue reading

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Dead Pigs Flood Shanghai: How did that happen?

Workers are pulling thousands of dead pigs out of the Huangpu River that runs through Shanghai. Eartags on the deceased swine indicate that they are from neighboring Zhejiang Province, though the cause of death is not yet known. Is this … Continue reading

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Pigs and Pollution in The Guardian

Nicola Davison at The Guardian wrote a very good piece on the relationship between industrial pig farming and the challenges it creates for rural livelihoods in China. Read it here: China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem. (I’m … Continue reading

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Demand is a Construct…so let’s demand something REAL!

Economistic thinking is the default setting for understanding how the world works. Perhaps nothing illustrates this more than the theory of supply and demand. From hedge fund managers, to professors of economics and business and psychology and plant breeding, to … Continue reading

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