Agro-Ecology Project Links Peasant Production to Urban Communes in Venezuela

Michele de Mello With weekly food distributions and through societal mobilization, the Pueblo a Pueblo project brings food and solidarity from the countryside to the city – Michele de Mello / Brasil de Fato In five years, 1,500 tons of food was distributed to more than 300,000 families throughout the country “Only the people can…

Canada: Controversial Legislation Targets Environmental, Indigenous Activists

Brendan Devlin A man waves a Mohawk Warrior flag on the Pat Bay Highway during a blockade in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, February 2020. Photo by Wolf Depner/Black Press Media. Critical infrastructure protection: Dangerous politics in Manitoba, Alberta and beyond At the close of last year’s fall legislative session, Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government introduced…

Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder

Colin Todhunter Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs…

Blows Against the Empire — 2020 In Memoriam

Steve Lalla New graves of COVID-19 victims fill the the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, April 21, 2020. To say that 2020 has been memorable would be an understatement, but experience teaches us that our memories of the pandemic may well be struck from the record. “The 1918 influenza epidemic is…

Agroecology Means Popular Resistance at MST’s Marielle Vive Camp

Daniel Lamir Footage of the Marielle Vive camp, highlighting its mandala garden – Julio Matos There are about 700 families in transition threatened by real estate speculation For more than two years, around 700 families from the Landless Rural Workers Movement(MST) have been transforming the idle setting of the old Eldorado Ranch, in the Valinhos…

The Venezuelan Conuquera Seed Signifies a Struggle for Identity and Resistance

Eder Peña The conuco as a system and concept brings with it the care and multiplication of seeds of traditional and new items. Life, culture, knowledge, health, traditional agricultural systems and even the questions of the people and communities are based on native and Creole seeds, which are their common heritage. Their free circulation is…

You Can’t Go Home Again: A Convergence of Calamities

Nick Turse Record Numbers of War-Displaced to Be Dwarfed by Those Driven From Their Homes by Climate Change. I saw them for only a few seconds. One glimpse and they were gone. The young woman wore a brown headwrap, a yellow short-sleeved shirt, and a long pink, red, and blue floral-patterned skirt. She held the…

Keys to Understanding Venezuela’s Climate Emergency

Within the framework of Global Climate Week in Venezuela [September 21 to 25], the Venezuelan Observatory of Political Ecology has compiled some key elements that allows one to understand the advance of climate change in our country, as well as the climate emergency. 2020 has been a year of great uncertainty, in which we, as…

El Conuco: Against the Global Environmental Crisis

Eder Peña The notion of “conuquera” is based on an ecosystemic vision in which everyone and everything is interrelated, and a culture that seeks to bring together what capital fragments. Not only is it opposed to capitalism because it is not part of its controlling and concentrating logic, but also, against all odds, the conuco…