Industrial Farming

Ireland’s “Livestock-Industrial-Complex”

This long read by Frank Armstrong gives a background into what he calls the livestock industrial complex. Part history, part contemporary agri-food overview, part health and environmental case and part personal note, this article is speaks of power and how it operates in different spheres. These include politics, media and nutritional advice, all through the prism of livestock farming in Ireland. [...]

6 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Texting Cows, AGTech & the Future of Farming in Germany

Automation and digitisation are rising in farming and the broader agri-food sector. Germany - industrial powerhouse of Europe - seems an obvious place to embrace AGTech. From precision farming and data ownership to embodied energy and cost, what are the opportunities, the impacts and the implications? And how are agroecologists responding? [...]

26 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Carry on with the Currywurst? Factory farming enters coalition debate in Germany

How realistic is the Green Party demand in the current coalition talks for an agricultural turn, including the phase out of factory farming in 20 years? In the land of the near ubiquitous bratwurst, main ingredient in Germany's' number one fast food currywurst, how strong is the undercurrent of opposition to factory farmed pork and poultry? [...]

12 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

IPES Food – 5 Practical Solutions For a Sick Food System

In its new report, IPES Food Present Five Practical Solutions For a Sick Food System. How we think about it; who's involved; how it functions and the role of both alternative food provisioning and science all play a part in fixing a broken food system. [...]

9 October, 2017 // 0 Comments

Itai-itai! Cadmium, Mineral Fertilizers & a Tale of Two Reports

“Itai-Itai!” is the name of a disease that emerged in the early 20th Century in Japan, due to cadmium poisoning. The EU has been trying, unsuccessfully, to reduce cadmium exposure in its citizens for years. The source of cadmium contamination of European soil? Mineral fertilizers. [...]

6 August, 2017 // 0 Comments

Growing Food in the Post-Truth Era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs its unethical marketing tactics to selling farmers “climate-smart” agriculture in the form of soils, seeds and chemicals. [...]

2 July, 2017 // 1 Comment

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