Agriculture

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The ABC of Communism
Bukharin, Preobrazhensky; (edited by Carr, E. H.)
Book
1920
Written as a commentary on the Bolshevik Party program, combining a vision of communist society with a program for practical action.
Agroecology Case Studies
Article
2016
The thirty-three case studies shed light on the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent. They demonstrate with facts and figures how an agricultural transformatio...
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public
Drucker, Steven M.
Book
2015
Drucker elucidates the scientific facts about genetically engineered foods that the PR myths have been obscuring.
Argentina: Disappearing Farmers, Disappearing Food
Trigona, Marie
Article
2009
Food sovereignty as defined by Via Campesina is the peoples' right to define their agricultural and food policy, and the right of farmers and peasants to produce food. Worldwide communities are seekin...
The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology
Carr, Marilyn
Book
1985
An introduction to appropriate technology, both as an explanation of the concerpt and extensive examples and applications.
Blueprint for a Green Economy
Pearce, David; Markandya, Anil; Barbier, Edward B.
Book
1989
A set of practical proposals for financing a sustainable environment.
Building the Ark - small scale farming in Poland for a green future
Rose, Julian
Unclassified
2015
Poland is the front line for Europe's small scale family farming, under assault from the EU regulations, corporate agribusiness, and a hostile government. A popular campaign is fighting back from its ...
Can We Live and Eat Too?: Against The Current vol. 131
Jelly-Schapiro, Eli
Article
2007
In 1579, the fleet of British explorer Sir Francis Drake met the coast of what we now call California. Drake, who would dub his discovery “New Albion” (Albion being the Latin name for Britain), though...
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Canadian News Synthesis Project - April 1976: Volume IV Number 2
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The Canadian News Synthesis Project journal presents current news coverage to show major trends in Canada and Latin America.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
Book
1967
The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases.
Community Shared Agriculture / Community-supported agriculture: Connexipedia Article
Article
A community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery o...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
Book
This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, an...
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Library: Agriculture and Farming Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on farming and agriculture.
Co-workers in a World Struggle
Howlett, Rev. Floyd
Article
1975
Problems facing agriculture in Manitoba, similar to problems facing Japanese farmers.
Cruel Harvest: U.S. Intervention in the Afghan Drug Trade
Mercille, Julien
Book
2012
Mercille argues that the United States is not concerned about waging a real war on drugs, and that alleged concerns about narco-terrorism mostly act as pretexts to justify occupation. The United State...
The Earthscan Action Handbook
Litvinoff, Miles
Book
1990
A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
The Economy of Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1970
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
The Emergence of Marx's Critique of Modern Agriculture: Ecological Insights from His Excerpt Notebooks
Saito, Kohei
Article
2014
Examining Marx’s notebooks, one realizes that he first attained a truly critical and ecological comprehension of modern agriculture in the middle of the 1860s. Although Marx was at first optimistic ab...
Farm Gate Defence
Wilford, Allen
Book
1986
Describes how farmers have been driven to come together to defend their farms in the face of high interest rates, mounting production costs and low prices.
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat
Lymbery, Philip; Oakeshott, Isabel
Book
2014
An investigation and implication of the global industrial farming industry.
Farmageddon: Food and the Culture of Biotechnolgy
Kneen, Brewster
Book
1999
Kneen explains how corporations control the distribution of food with little knowledge or care of the health risks of engineered food.
Farmers in Palestine create amazing produce in adverse conditions - and are fighting to export them
Blythman, Joanna
Article
2009
Palestine produces some of the finest olive oils in the world, not to mention dates, nuts, tomatoes - even wine. Now, despite the conflict, farmers are finding ways to export their produce - and show ...
The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism
Orchard, David
Book
1993
In an effort to realize their grand dream of one nation from Panama to the Arctic, Americans have attempted to conquer Canada using war, trade sanctions, and political interventions of all kinds. "Tha...
Food Among the Ruins
Dowie, Mark
Article
2009
Detroit, the country's most depressed metropolis, has zero produce-carrying grocery chains. It also has open land, fertile soil, ample water, and the ingredients to reinvent itself from Motor City to ...
Food, Shelter and the American Dream
Aronowitz, Stanley
Book
1974
Discusses the state of the American economy, the consequences for politics and culture that might arise from the new situation, and possible solutions.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Mann, Charles. C.
Book
2005
A portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.
Fresh Water Seas: Saving the Great Lakes
Weller, Phil
Book
1990
Weller takes readers on a tour of the Great Lakes region, tracing its natural history from the time before human habitation. He describes how the region has been affected by uncontrolled development t...
From villages to New Delhi to Geneva: Indian farmers protest against the WTO
Khadse, Ashlesha
Article
2009
The "liberalization" and 'corporatization' of agriculture under the World Trade Organisation would put at risk the livelihoods of more than 2/3 of India's 1 billion people.
Get a Life!: How to make a good buck dance around the dinosaurs and save the world while you're at it
Roberts, Wayne; Brandum, Susan
Book
1995
Simultaneoulsy a textbook on new careers and lifestyles for aspiring entrepreneurs and a strategy for social, economic and environmental renewal.
Green Business: Hope or Hoax?: Toward an Authentic Strategy for Restoring the Earth
Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith
Book
1991
Is green business a viable strategy or a contradiction in terms?
Green Cities: Ecologically Sound Approaches to Urban Space
Gordon, David (ed.)
Book
1990
Visions from around the world for an ecological urban model. Argues that putting wilderness in cities is good for conservation of wildlife.
A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
Ponting, Clive
Book
1991
Ponting tracks the "green" history of the world showing how throughout history civilizations have collapsed when they exhausted the earth's natural resources.
Greenhouse Earth
Nilson, Annika
Book
1992
The Growth Illusion: How economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet
Douthwaite, Richard
Book
1992
Douthwaite argues that strategies used by governments to raise national income often increase poverty and unemployment. Moreover, in the USA, Britiain, Germany and Australia, each increase in national...
Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity
Biron, Carey L.
Article
2014
An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire, even as new evidence indicates this land is being strongly...
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
Book
1998
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
How Agriculture Can Provide Food Security Without Destroying Biodiversity
Latham, Jonathan; Wilson, Allison
Article
2011
According to conventional wisdom, the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte has achieved something impossible. So, too, has the island of Cuba. They are feeding their hungry populations largely with local,...
How EC and World Bank Policies Are Destroying Agriculture And The Environment: A European and Third World Perspective
Bond, Jack W
Book
1996
Bond argues that bureaucrats, multinationals and banks lack the compassion and commitement to help farmers, consumers and the enviromment, and emerging nations of the South.
Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives
Steel, Carolyn
Book
2008
Hungry City details the transformation of the food industry and it's not so benevolent impact on humanity. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are the by-products of a system that is characterized by ...
Interview: Agriculture, class and capitalism
Bernstein, Henry
Article
2013
Henry Bernstein, a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, has for decades been at the forefront of research into the class structure and political economy of agricul...
Kampuchea, Decade of the Genocide: Report of a Finnish Inquiry Commission
Kiljenen, Kimmo
Book
1990
Commissioned by the Finnish Inquiry Commission this a straight forward account of the history of Kampuchea from the saturation bombing by the United States during the Vietnam war in the 1970's to the ...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
The Lessons of Amish Agriculture
Kline, David
Article
1987
Amish agriculture offers valuable eco-lessons to those interested in organic, earth-friendly farming.
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
Marx as a Food Theorist
Foster, John Bellamy
Article
2016
Marx developed a detailed and sophisticated critique of the industrial food system in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century, in the period that historians have called "the Second Agricultural Revoluti...
Meat: A Benign Extravagance
Fairlie, Simon
Book
2010
An exploration of the difficult environmental and ethical issues that surround the human consumption of animal flesh.
Meeting the Expectations of the Land: Essays in Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship
Jackson, Wes; Berry, Wendell
Book
1984
Addresses the problems facing agriculture today, such as topsol erosion, lowered water tables, reliance on pesticides, dependence on machinery, the overcapitalization of agriculture, the decline of th...
Monsanto vs. Vernon Bowman's Farm: The Fiction of Intellectual Property
Knapp, Thomas L.
Article
2013
Monsanto’s entire case against Vernon Bowman — as with Percy Schmeiser — is that their profits will be negatively affected if they’e not empowered to dictate what Vernon Bowman does on his own land an...
Nature of Economies
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2000
Jacobs argues that since human beings exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect, we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planni...
Necessary and Unneccessary Utopias
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin, eds.
Book
2000
Reasserts the need for a bold and revolutionary imagination, one aimed at saner ways of living and organizaing society.
No Right-Of-Way
Lewington, Peter
Book
1992
The author tells the story of a small group of determined agriculturalists and environmentalists who took on industry, government and the courts for the rights of farmers to protect their land and the...
Occupy agriculture! Polish farmers sit in for land and freedom
Rose, Julian
Article
2015
At the heart of Poland's capital, Warsaw, farmers have founded a flourishing encampment known as the 'Green City', writes Julian Rose. It's a focus of protest against the sell-off of their land to agr...
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Galeano, Eduardo
Book
1971
A political economy, a social and cultural narrative, and a powerful description of primitive capital accumulation.
Permaculture: Connexipedia Article
Article
An approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimics the relationships found in natural ecologies.
Planning for Agriculture
Article
1978
This brief was presented to the Ontario Municipal Board to express some concerns of the Christian Farmers Federation (CFF) about the direction of agricultural planning in the Niagara Region of Ontario...
Restructuring and Resistance: Diverse voices of struggle in Western Europe
Abramsky, Koyla
Book
2000
The book consists of 77 individual chapters, almost all of them written by activists based on their experiences of struggle against the different aspects of capitalist globalisation. Those that aren't...
Root & Branch: A Libertarian Marxist Journal, #7
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Articles on the class situation in Spain, authority and democracy in the United States, Marxism and Anarchism.
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
Book
2004
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
So Shall We Reap
Tudge, Colin
Book
2003
An expose on the fallout of the present drive for maximum food production at rock-bottom cost, as health scares spiral, rural workers are driven off the land, and poor nations are forced to export the...
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
Shiva, Vandana
Book
2000
The author, an eco-feminist and environmentalist, documents the effects of Globalization and Manufactured Foods on small farmers, the environment, and the food we eat.
Support for Farmers
Article
1977
The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society was founded in June 1976 by a group of individuals concerned about the future of Canada's agricultural self-sufficiency.
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
Estabrook, Barry
Book
2011
An expose of the environmental and human costs of turning tomatos into an industrial product.
Toward the Agro-Police State: You’ll Need an iPad if You Want to be a Farmer
Ruiz-Marrero, Carmelo
Article
2014
The main problem with precision agriculture -- and the hype that surrounds it -- is the faulty assumptions that it rests on. The problems of agriculture are not caused by a lack of technology, or even...
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
Hewitt, Ben
Book
2010
An account of how cooperative agricultural enterprises are revitalizing the economy of a town in Vermont.
Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights
Boulder, Kamala Kempadoo (ed.)
Book
2005
This collection of essays underscores the interlocking relationship between prostitution, migration and trafficking. They reveal a deep seated anxiety about borders, economic resources and the fragili...
Via Campesina Declaration on Food Sovereignty 1996: The Right to Produce and Access Land
Article
1996
Food is a basic human rights. This right can only be realized in a system where food sovereignty is guaranteed.
The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future
Pawlick, Thomas F.
Book
2009
Chronicles the gradual disappearance of Canada's family farms.
When Food Kills
Pennington, T. Hugh
Book
2003
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Alternatives
To provide insightful environmental research and opinion from Canadian scholars, professionals and activists through publishing a quarterly environmental journal.
Ark II - The Animal Rights Kollective
To promote and protect the rights of all animals and foster their individual liberties through direct action, political action, and public awareness campaigns. Our goal is to abolish all forms of crue...
Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Briarpatch
Briarpatch is Saskatchewan's independent alternative newsmagazine committed to building a socialist society. We provide an open forum for disadvantaged peoples and support progressive movements workin...
City Farmer
City Farmer encourages urban dwellers to pull up a patch of lawn and plant some vegetables, kitchen herbs and fruit. The website is a collection of stories about City Farmer's work in Vancouver, Canad...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Council of Canadians
We believe that we Canadians should control our natural resources, our energy, our water, and our culture. We believe the important political and economic decisions that decide our future should be ma...
CounterCurrents.org
An alternative news site based in India. We bring out what the mainstream media fails to tell you, or hides from you. These are the things that really matter. The things which may determine the fate o...
EarthSave Canada
EARTHSAVE CANADA is a Vancouver-based registered charity. We advocate the move towards a more whole food, plant-based diet for environmental sustainability, better health, and compassion toward animal...
Ecologist, The
Online environmental affairs magazine covering a wide range of issues, ranging from the environmental costs of industrial agriculture, the health effects of toxins, the effects of economic globalizati...
Farm Radio Weekly
Campaigns against hunger and disease in Africa and elsewhere through informative, educational radio information broadcasts.
New Society Publishers
New Society Publishers' mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact upon the e...
Ram's Horn
A watchdog report on food issues and the agribusiness industry.
Sources
Sources specializes in collecting, indexing, and disseminating information to help journalists, editors, and researchers quickly reach articulate experts and spokespersons who can provide background i...
Sustain
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living enviro...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

African Development Bank
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group's mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent's economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the ins...
African Union
The African Union (abbreviated AU in English, and UA in its other official languages) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 53 African states. Established on 9 July 2002, the AU was formed as a successor to the Organi...
Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia ...
Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries
A Comunidade dos Pa¡ses de L¡ngua Portuguesa - CPLP ‚ o foro multilateral privilegiado para o aprofundamento da amizade m£tua e da coopera‡ao entre os seus membros. Criada em 17 de Julho de 1996, a CPLP goza de personalidade jur¡d...
Community of Sahelo-Saharan States
CEN-SAD was established in February 1998 by six countries, but since then its membership has grown to 28. One of its main goals is to achieve economic unity through the implementation of the free movement of people and goods in or...
East African Community
The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Burundi and Republic of Rwanda with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzan...
Economic Community of Central African States
ECCAS aims to achieve collective autonomy, raise the standard of living of its populations and maintain economic stability through harmonious cooperation. Its ultimate goal is to establish a Central African Common Market.
Economic Community of West African States
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in "all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport...
Economic Cooperation Organization
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the member stat...
European Union
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states, located primarily in Europe. It was established by the Treaty of Maastricht on 1 November 1993 upon the foundations of the pre-existing European Econo...
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate a...
ibiblio.org
The public's library and digital archive. Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history,...
Inter-American Development Bank
The IDB provides solutions to development challenges in 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, partnering with governments, companies and civil society organizations. The IDB lends money and provides grants. It also off...
International Forum on Globalization
An alliance of activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity and public education in response to economic globalization.
International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations established as an international financial institution in 1977 as the outcome of a conference organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected th...
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world. Our science mission is to: * Explore the diversity of the natural world and the processes that generate this diversity. * Use t...
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to: * Support sustainable economic growth * Boost employment * Raise living standards * Maintain financ...
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning about the natural wor...
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was established when its Charter was formally adopted on December 8, 1985 by the Heads of State or Government of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and...
Southern African Development Community
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been in existence since 1980, when it was formed as a loose alliance of nine majority-ruled States in Southern Africa known as the Southern African Development Coordination Con...
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish ...
World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member coun...
World Meterological Organization
The WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting dist...

Sources Library

Agriculture
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Agriculture & Farming Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to agriculture and farming in the Sources directory for the media.
Back to the Land in Romania
A Pig, Milk and Cheap Veg Against EU Agribusiness
Souchon, Pierre
2014
The EU sends Europeanisation agents across Romania to end subsistence farming and encourage agricultural competition. But those who have turned to self-sufficient farming because of austerity resist t...
The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
Collective farming
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Collective farming and communal farming are types of agricultural production in which the holdings of several farmers are run as a joint enterprise. This type of collective is essentially an agricultu...

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Agriculture issue
Periodical profile published 1991
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1991
Food, Hunger, Agribusiness
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International Permaculture Species Yearbook 1986
Hemenway, Dan
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1986
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