Project News and Views
Synopsis: Governments are deciding that small farms are not biosecure against infectious diseases. Despite plentiful evidence that small farms are in fact more safe and more biosecure than factory farms, governments are enacting rules and regulations that are near impossible for small farms with animals outdoors to meet, either cost-effectively or at all. The result is destroying rural and traditional ways of life. Read the full article written by Lucile Leclair at: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/the-biosecurity-myth/
Bioscience Resource Project scientists, Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD, are authors of two of the chapters in the just published book Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward . The book was published by Elsevier on October 21st, 2020. The editors are Amir Kassam and Laila Kassam.
To learn more about the specific chapters written by BSR scientists you can go to:
The Myth of a Food Crisis by Jonathan Latham
Will Gene-Edited and other GM Crops Fail Sustainable Food Systems?
by Allison K Wilson
More information about the book, including the chapter titles and their authors, as well as an introduction to the concept of inclusive responsibility, a theme developed in the book, can be found at: https://inclusiveresponsibility.earth/
Synopsis: What would a truly resilient society look like? This article is an excerpt from the new book A Small Farm Future: Making the Case For A Society Built Around Local Economies Self Provisioning Agricultural Diversity and A Shared Earth. The book examines the question of resilience from the points of view of politics, economics, and the physical world, and it challenges both conventional wisdom and standard utopian visions to elaborate on the opportunities and the problems inherent in realising this goal. As Vandana Shiva notes on the cover “Either we have a small farm future, or we face collapse”.
The author is a farmer and former academic and the book is published by Chelsea Green Publishing. Read the full excerpt at: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/why-we-need-a-small-farm-future/
Synopsis: “The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have revealed even more clearly how we are being reduced to objects to be controlled, with our bodies and minds as the new colonies to be invaded. Empires create colonies, colonies enclose the commons of the indigenous living communities and turn them into sources of raw material to be extracted for profits. This linear, extractive logic is unable to see the intimate relations that sustain life in the natural world. It is blind to diversity, cycles of renewal, values of giving and sharing, and the power and potential of self-organising and mutuality. It is blind to the waste it creates and to the violence it unleashes. The extended coronavirus lockdown has been a lab experiment for a future without humanity.”
The Bioscience Resource Project provides scientific and intellectual resources for a healthy future. It publishes Independent Science News, a media service devoted to food and agriculture, and their impacts on health and the environment. It also offers resources for scientists and educators and internships and training for students. Through its innovative scientific journalism and original biosafety review articles, the project provides unique and revealing perspectives on issues that are fundamental to the survival of people and the planet. The project does not accept advertising or corporate funding and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. It is completely dependent on individual donations.
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