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The blog is a place where GRAIN staff and others post their comments, suggestions, hints and assessments of documents, places or events. Or just share information that we think is interesting.

Dutch farmer protests signal need for deep solutions to the climate crisis

On October 1st this year, thousands of Dutch farmers got on their tractors to drive to the Hague, blocking the streets of the city and much of the traffic in the rest of the country, clogging up more than 1,000 km of roads in total with their tractors. They feel they are being pushed into a corner and unfairly portrayed as the main culprits in the Netherlands contribution to the climate crisis.

On October 1st this year, thousands of Dutch farmers got on their tractors to drive to the Hague, blocking the streets of the city and much of the traffic in the rest of the country, clogging up more than 1,000 km of roads in total with their tractors. They feel they are being pushed into a corner and unfairly portrayed as the main culprits in the Netherlands contribution to the climate crisis.

Standardising seeds narrows diversity

A comment on the proposed seed harmonisation bill in Ugandan parliament.

A comment on the proposed seed harmonisation bill in Ugandan parliament.

Public letter in defense of the community of Cajueiro (Brazil)

The community of Cajueiro - in São Luís de Maranhão, northeast Brazil - is about to be evicted so that China Communications Construction Company can build a port to export millions of tonnes of soybeans to Europe and China.

The community of Cajueiro - in São Luís de Maranhão, northeast Brazil - is about to be evicted so that China Communications Construction Company can build a port to export millions of tonnes of soybeans to Europe and China.

Memorandum expressing the reaction of peasant organisations & allies to CORAF/AATF meeting, Dakar, June 2019

African states are adopting laws that criminalise peasant seeds and open the gate to seed patenting. This CORAF/AATF meeting was meant to further advance in this direction.

African states are adopting laws that criminalise peasant seeds and open the gate to seed patenting. This CORAF/AATF meeting was meant to further advance in this direction.

Open letter calling to stop Golden Rice in the Philippines and Bangladesh

Open letter to the directors of BRRI and PhilRice calling for a halt to the field trials of Golden Rice and the withdrawal of all applications for its regulatory approval in Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Open letter to the directors of BRRI and PhilRice calling for a halt to the field trials of Golden Rice and the withdrawal of all applications for its regulatory approval in Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Iowa crops look like food — but no one’s eating

Inside a system that traps farmers and screws up the planet. Food for thought from the heart of a US industrial farming state.

Inside a system that traps farmers and screws up the planet. Food for thought from the heart of a US industrial farming state.

Food sovereignty stories

What is food sovereignty and what does it look like in the United States? Food sovereignty can take on unique meanings in different communities, but it always puts questions of power, control, and social justice at the heart of food and farming. A great series of short videos by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance

What is food sovereignty and what does it look like in the United States? Food sovereignty can take on unique meanings in different communities, but it always puts questions of power, control, and social justice at the heart of food and farming. A great series of short videos by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance

True cost of cheap food is health and climate crises

Radical change needed to make UK food and farming system sustainable within 10 years, according to government report.

Radical change needed to make UK food and farming system sustainable within 10 years, according to government report.

Agriculture 3.0 or (smart) agroecology?

There is a lot of hype about digital agriculture or precision farming being the solution to many of the current farming problems: environmental, social, economic. But who controls the technology, and how is it related to agroecology? An interesting reflection from Europe, by Francesco Ajena.

There is a lot of hype about digital agriculture or precision farming being the solution to many of the current farming problems: environmental, social, economic. But who controls the technology, and how is it related to agroecology? An interesting reflection from Europe, by Francesco Ajena.