As we come to the close of 2019, it's important to reflect on some of the major issues affecting agriculture and food production. There have been promising stories and some that are worrisome.
At the farm gate
A century of ever-increasing farm size and land concentration is now leading us into a new era of speculation on farmland.
With a minority government in place, there may be an opportunity to push for expanding the climate change debate to include the impact that industrial agriculture is having on our environment.
Understanding how food and agriculture can be part of climate justice is fundamental. Here are some summer reads that can help.
Since 2011 groups of Prairie farmers have been working to have the courts recognize that the Conservatives' dismantling of the Wheat Board was illegal and has cost farmers billions in income.
The United Nations has declared the years 2019 to 2028 as the UN Decade of Family Farming, citing the need to stem hunger and work toward food security.
While the budget purports to introduce a national food strategy, what it presents is barely a first step, with a mix of food and agriculture initiatives that are largely unconnected.
Climate protests in Europe highlight concerns similar to those of small farmers in Canada. Farmers concerned about climate change are calling on a return to smaller, more sustainable farms.
In a historic decision this week, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP).
These are serious and troubling times in Nicaragua. Protests since April have left hundreds dead and many more incarcerated or missing. Where will the turmoil end and how?