Sala Interactiva R3: Reduce, Reutiliza, Recicla Abrirán Exposiciones Permanentes en Universum, Coyoacán, Mexico DF

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Sala Interactiva R3: Reduce, Reutiliza, Recicla Abrirán Exposiciones Permanentes en Universum, Coyoacán, Mexico DF

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Caminando Entre Lechugas: Encuentro de Agricultura Sostenible, viernes 20, sábado 21 y domingo 22 de agosto, Colonia Santa María de la Ribera, Mexico DF

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5 Ways Neighborhoods Are Taking Control of Their Food Systems: Colorlines

“Five ways neighborhoods are taking control of their food systems”, written Juel Stuart, and published today via Colorlines.

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Biochar Could Offset Up to 12% of Greenhouse Gases, Says Study: Inhabitat

A positive review for Biochar, written by Jasmin Malik Chua and published today at

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Cosechando Agua de Lluvia: Emeequis

Descarga aquí el articlo completo.

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Accept more poison to get less carbon? Kill this crazy idea NOW: Van Jones

Published July 20th on Climate Progress Blog:

Guest bloggers Van Jones, CAP Senior Fellow and former adviser to president Obama on green jobs, and Jorge Madrid, Research Associate at CAP, explain the shortcomings of the latest attempt to broker a Senate compromise on carbon.

Read the complete article here.

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After Oil Spills, Hidden Damage Can Last for Years: NYTimes Environment

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Our Beaker Is Starting to Boil: NYTimes Op-Ed

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF explains the grave consequences of disappearing glaciers in today’s NYTimes:
“A glacier is a giant part of the alpine landscape, something we always saw as immortal,” Mr. Schell said. “But now this glacier is dying before our eyes.”
An Indian glaciologist, Syed Iqbal Hasnain, now at the Stimson Center in Washington, told me that most Himalayan glaciers are in retreat for three reasons. First is the overall warming tied to carbon emissions. Second, rain and snow patterns are changing, so that less new snow is added to replace what melts. Third, pollution from trucks and smoke covers glaciers with carbon soot so that their surfaces become darker and less reflective — causing them to melt more quickly.
The retreat of the glaciers threatens agriculture downstream. A study published last month in Science magazine indicated that glacier melt is essential for the Indus and Brahmaputra rivers, while less important a component of the Ganges, Yellow and Yangtze rivers. The potential disappearance of the glaciers, the report said, is “threatening the food security of an estimated 60 million people” in the Indus and Brahmaputra basins.
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Paul Stamets Discusses Bioremediation and the BP Spill

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Farm work should be an honored, palatable job for Americans: LA Times

Written by DOUGLASS ADAIR, and published July 10th in the Los Angeles Times:  read the full story here.

Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, appeared on “The Colbert Report” on Thursday to invite Americans of all races and backgrounds to participate in the farm labor that feeds our nation. The UFW, Rodriguez said, only partly tongue in cheek, is ready to welcome folks who want to put an end to the need for foreign nationals to pick our crops.

Colbert volunteered; the audience chortled. But it shouldn’t have been all that funny. The truth is, if the very thought of doing farm work didn’t make so many Americans laugh, we’d all be better off.

(…) Of course, farm labor will never be for everyone. But neither should it be a laughable prospect. It should be honored work, with decent wages and working conditions. Our civilization is possible because someone plants the seeds, prunes the vines and picks and packs the fruit and vegetables that feed the nation. The legacy of David Freedman Co. under the UFW contract is one all Americans can be proud of. It is proof that American agriculture does not have to be based on the labor of an underclass denied the rights and benefits of other workers.

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Statement from the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty, US Social Forum 2010

Republished from the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative listserve:

Statement from the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty, US Social Forum 2010

Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt—in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of “making salt” has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement— one that spans the globe—seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.

A movement for food sovereignty – the people’s democratic control of the food system, the right of all people to healthy, culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems – is building from every corner of the globe.

We find that our work to build a better food system in the Unites States is inextricably linked to the struggle for workers’ rights, immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, the fight to dismantle racism in our communities, and the struggle for sovereignty in indigenous communities. We find that in order to create a better food system, we must break up the corporate control of our seeds, land, water and natural resources.

Because at a time of record harvests and record profits we have over one billion hungry people on the planet; because poverty is the root cause of hunger; because the world’s oceans are being polluted and plundered, because industrial agriculture contributes one third of all greenhouse gas emissions, because increasing inequality, poverty, hunger, a global land grab, and environmental destruction are threatening the livelihoods of family farmers, farmworkers, fisherfolk, and marginalized communities worldwide; and because community based food systems and agroecological farming can cool the planet, build resilience to climate change, and eliminate poverty;

We therefore commit to re-building local food economies in our own communities, to dismantling structural racism, to democratizing land access, to building opportunities for the leadership of our youth, and to working towards food sovereignty in partnership with social movements around the world;

We call on others in the US to demand an end to the global land grab, to end both corporate and military land occupations, to demand fairer trade, aid and investment policies, land reform, and support for sustainable peasant and community agriculture and sustainable community fisheries;

We endorse actions that include: the liberation of land and water resources for the production of food and sustainable livelihoods; the creation of new structures for cooperative ownership of land and food production, processing and distribution; the integration of labor rights, immigrant’s rights and food justice; the valuing of women as primary food providers, and the denouncement of false solutions and false partnerships addressing climate change, hunger and economic development;

We demand a world in which everyone has control over their food and no one has to put food in their mouth that hurts people or the environment.

Organizations and individuals among us have therefore committed to the following actions:

  • Launching a campaign for food sovereignty as a right of the people
  • Growing and harvesting as much food as we possibly can everywhere
  • Liberating land through reclaiming urban and rural spaces for the production of food for communities; demanding the use of public lands for food production
  • Participating in a global campaign against land grabs, in which corporations and governments grab up the lands of communities
  • Carrying forward the people’s agenda coming out of the Cochabamba climate summit — including popular education around food and climate justice and promoting sustainable agriculture as a solution to climate change
  • Standing with the people of Haiti, Palestine, Honduras, and other countries whose food sovereignty is threatened by political, military, and/or corporate occupation
  • Hosting collective meals in our communities as a way of connecting people across generations and cultural backgrounds and as a tool for dismantling racism in the food system
  • Forging new models of collective control of land and waterways; assuring legal protection of the commons
  • Building the leadership of the next generation; providing opportunities for urban and rural youth to have a future in food and farming
  • Rejecting GMOs and other forms of the corporate takeover of our food systems
  • Creatively and strategically working to dismantle the corporations who have hijacked the world’s food systems
  • Affirming the sovereignty of indigenous peoples in North America and throughout the globe
  • Committing our food movements in the US to be active participants in the global movement for food sovereignty and to work to stop our government and corporations from practices that undermine food sovereignty globally.
  • Challenging US food and agricultural aid and development policy (e.g., Monsanto and USAID’s recent “donation” of seeds to Haiti)
  • Working towards a people’s food and farm bill based on principles of food sovereignty
  • Hosting community seed exchanges
  • Engaging communities in popular education on GMOs and the role of corporations in our food system
  • Engaging communities in popular education on community nutrition and public health
  • Creating more community farmers markets that are accessible and affordable to all; affirming everyone’s right to food that is good, safe, healthy, and fair
  • Helping everyone understand where their food comes from and who helped bring it to their table
  • Highlighting the common struggles between farmers and farmworkers in the US and their counterparts throughout the world
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Rap de Maíz: Palabra al Viento, Col. Roma, Mexico DF, 7 de agosto, 2010

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Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Cold Seeps in Path of BP Oil Disaster

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Human Fail

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El primer hotel construido exclusivamente de Basura: Ecoosfera

Como un manifiesto eco arquitectónico Corona Save Beach Hotel abre sus puertas a turista de todo el mundo. Con sede en Roma, este hotel-instalación que será desmontado un mes después de su apertura se construyó a base de trece toneladas de basura recolectada en diversas playas europeas: juguetes, latas, neumáticos, instrumentos musicales, y trozos de maniquí, entre otros desperdicios. Prácticamente lo único que no esta hecho de basura son las sabanas y colchones de las camas, y a alfombra de las habitaciones.

Actualmente el efímero recinto tiene ya reservadas sus cinco habitaciones durante todas las noches que le quedan hasta el 7 de junio, fecha en que cerrará sus puertas. La supermodelo Helena Christensen fue la primer huésped de este hotel que pasará a la historia como el primero construido exclusivamente de basura.

Más que buscar seducir a sus huéspedes con lujos y comodidades (de hecho no tiene luz ni agua) el Corona Save Beach Hotel busca promover una conciencia frente al cuidado y preservación de las playas europeas. Interactuar con la basura durante la intimidad de una noche de hotel sin duda puede generar el los glamorosos huéspedes una catarsis en su dialéctica frente a entorno natural, en este caso el playero.

La única comodidad que ofrece el Corona Save Beach Hotel es el hecho de que toda la basura utilizada fue previamente desinfectada y desaromatizada. Sin embargo, el verdadero lujo que aporta este lugar es una noche de reflexión y conciencia.

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“Si todos comen como estadunidenses, necesitamos 5 planetas para el sustento”: La Jornada

Food Inc, documental de Robert Kenner postulado a un Óscar, se estrenará mañana en México.

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Casa de los Amigos Presenta Serie de Reduce Reutiliza Recicla, 1-10 de Junio, 2010, Col. Tabacalera, México DF

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Tracking Back the Ancestry of Corn 9,000 Years: NYTimes Science

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