Co-producing political responses to ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia

Through the analysis-using several ethnographic methods- of conflicts around 'swiftlet farming' in George Town, Malaysia, Creighton Connolly encourages the formation of stronger linkages between academics, urban policy makers, and civil society organisations for better understanding environmental conflicts.* Edible-nest swiftlets are a small species of bird (Aerodramus fuciphagus), native to Southeast Asia, which make edible nests entirely … Continue reading Co-producing political responses to ‘swiftlet farming’ in George Town, Malaysia

Using art to study and communicate socio-environmental change in areas of land grabbing

By Emma Li Johansson* Art in research is a powerful tool to evoke feelings and actions beyond academia. This researcher set out to see what is possible when mixing research with artistic ways of expression. A picture says more than a thousand words, they say. Which is why art is a good way to inform … Continue reading Using art to study and communicate socio-environmental change in areas of land grabbing

International Conference of Agrarian Reform: Marabá Declaration

A declaration by 130 representatives of La Via Campesina member organizations and allies against agribusiness and towards a global land reform for landless peasants, the working class and for all of society. Signed on 17 April 2016, Day of Peasants' Struggle in Marabá, Brazil. Who are we? People who struggle for territory We are more than … Continue reading International Conference of Agrarian Reform: Marabá Declaration

Nancy Peluso on Maids and other Mobile Subjects: Remaking Forests and Agrarian Environments in Indonesia

By Nancy Peluso* Reflections on the everyday dimensions of landscape production, agrarian transformation and the movement of capital that take place through the migrations and mobilities of landless women from the mountains of East Java. This text is an abridged version of the keynote lecture given by Nancy Peluso at the Undisciplined Environments conference, organised … Continue reading Nancy Peluso on Maids and other Mobile Subjects: Remaking Forests and Agrarian Environments in Indonesia

The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!

An Interview with Vandana Shiva. By Ethemcan Turhan.* There is this fear of intellectual freedom because the old paradigm must be maintained to continue that project of colonising the earth, colonising people’s minds. The minute people are able to think for themselves, that project is over. Vandana Shiva is one of the leading thinkers today … Continue reading The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!

Food is a global public good and a commons

By Jose Luis Vivero Pol* The conventional food system is increasingly failing to fulfill its basic goals: feeding people adequately and sustainably, and avoiding hunger. We need a governance paradigm shift towards the re-commoning of food. In the dystopian film In Time (2011), the main character works literally to earn his life, as the monthly currency is time for living. Billionaires … Continue reading Food is a global public good and a commons

Is food really becoming scarce?

By Carmelo Ruiz.* The questionable but persistent neo-Malthusian argument of "global food scarcity" serves to conceal the political and economic factors that cause hunger and to deflect attention away from policy alternatives like land reform and food, argues Carmelo Ruiz.  [This piece was first published on October 19, 2015 in the Institute for Social Ecology blog, and is published … Continue reading Is food really becoming scarce?

A Review of ‘Land Grabbing—The Movie’

Land Grabbing by Kurt Langbein offers a razor sharp visualization of the tremendous drivers and tragic dramas of mega investments in land.  The documentary Land Grabbing (Landraub) by Kurt Langbein is in cinemas across Europe this autumn and winter. The rush for land took off years ago, with the food and fuel price hikes of 2008. Perhaps the topic … Continue reading A Review of ‘Land Grabbing—The Movie’

ENTITLE workshop on ‘Political ecologies of resource and rent extraction’.

This workshop will explore the changing political economy and ecology of resource extraction, interrogating the financialization of old and new commodities, and the changing politics of extraction, in agriculture and the mining sector, especially in Latin America. Organisers Rosaleen Duffy is Professor of Political Ecology of Development, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London. rd38@soas.ac.uk … Continue reading ENTITLE workshop on ‘Political ecologies of resource and rent extraction’.

Extractivismo: Nuevos contextos de dominación y resistencia

En el contexto actual de represión que sufren las ONGs ecologistas en Latinoamérica, hemos querido compartir este texto del CEDIB de Bolivia para dar visibilidad al importante trabajo que hace esta organización. El Centro de Documentación e Información de Bolivia (CEDIB) recientemente publicó un trabajo colaborativo titulado Extractivismos: Nuevos contextos de dominacion y resistencia. En el … Continue reading Extractivismo: Nuevos contextos de dominación y resistencia