What are the Big Issues for Food, Farming & Rural Places?

There are some big and pressing topics in agri-food and for rural places. Some of these are ongoing – rural and farming depopulation, land access, agroecology, economic and ecological disparities in the Common Agricultural Policy – and others are new. So what's new - and what's worth covering in debate form? [...]

2 October, 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

Make Soil Great Again!

As Earth Day approaches, it’s time to recommend some skin care for Mother Nature. Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity. [...]

20 April, 2017 // 0 Comments

4pour1000 Launch Biological Soil Indicators Consultation

The aim of the 4pour1000 initiative (4per1000 in English) is to increase carbon in the soil by 0.04%. This could help halt the annual increase in Co2 in the atmosphere. The initiative is seeking expert comments on biological soil indicators by 15th March. Mario Cattizone has more [...]

20 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

Let’s Celebrate Soil! | World Soil Day 5th Dec

The earth beneath your feet is life giving. Today is world soil day so let's explore the marvels of that more simple yet spectacular of things - dirt. Read on for a treasure trove of soil resources. [...]

4 December, 2016 // 1 Comment

UK – Celebrating Soil through Food in Bristol

What happens when socially and ecologically engaged artists really focus on soil? And in so doing, bring different people - from across a wide spectrum - together to get to know that earth beneath their feet a little better? In one city in the UK - Bristol - they have done just that. Mario Catizzone tells us about it. [...]

18 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

From Mud Angels to Soil Angels

Europe needs - and is getting - itself some soil angels. Who are they? What do they do? And where do mud angels (!) come into it? Mario Catizzone explains [...]

29 February, 2016 // 0 Comments

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