Blog

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.

Confronting neoliberalism with feminist climate justice

The missing link in ongoing climate actions is the non-recognition that climate change is a social issue. Climate action must be linked to the social justice struggle and centered around those who consistently remain invisible in the world. This is why, we strongly prescribe feminist climate justice approaches to address this crisis.

The missing link in ongoing climate actions is the non-recognition that climate change is a social issue. Climate action must be linked to the social justice struggle and centered around those who consistently remain invisible in the world. This is why, we strongly prescribe feminist climate justice approaches to address this crisis.

The global food system: a waste of energy

The global food system – from farm to fork – uses an enormous amount of energy. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, some 30% of all the energy used in the world is dedicated to power the food system. So almost one-third of all the world’s energy is used to feed us. Most of that energy comes from fossil fuels.

The global food system – from farm to fork – uses an enormous amount of energy. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, some 30% of all the energy used in the world is dedicated to power the food system. So almost one-third of all the world’s energy is used to feed us. Most of that energy comes from fossil fuels.

New position opening at GRAIN

At GRAIN now have an exciting and rare opportunity to add a new global programme staff to our team.

At GRAIN now have an exciting and rare opportunity to add a new global programme staff to our team.

In honour of Aziz Choudry

We are going to sorely miss Aziz’s deeply insightful guidance. His anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism and anti-racism were in his DNA and inspired us daily. Aziz’s departure leaves a hole in our hearts, but he has filled our lives with friends, allies and courage we otherwise would not have had.

We are going to sorely miss Aziz’s deeply insightful guidance. His anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism and anti-racism were in his DNA and inspired us daily. Aziz’s departure leaves a hole in our hearts, but he has filled our lives with friends, allies and courage we otherwise would not have had.

Nature is NOT a “Solution”

The latest issue of the WRM bulletin is excellent. It dismantles the "nature based solutions" discourse that is now being used by governments and corporations alike to justify doing nothing to fight the climate crisis. Or worse, to promote landg rabbing on a scale never seen before.

The latest issue of the WRM bulletin is excellent. It dismantles the "nature based solutions" discourse that is now being used by governments and corporations alike to justify doing nothing to fight the climate crisis. Or worse, to promote landg rabbing on a scale never seen before.

Agribusiness’s new weapon — fire: how peoples and communities are being driven out of their own land

The platform Agro é fogo has drafted a report outlining specific scenarios and analyses as a joint effort to stop the social and environmental catastrophe in its tracks. The report delves deep into the intrinsic link between the increased use of fire, deforestation and slave labour, and how public lands in the Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes become illegally occupied.

The platform Agro é fogo has drafted a report outlining specific scenarios and analyses as a joint effort to stop the social and environmental catastrophe in its tracks. The report delves deep into the intrinsic link between the increased use of fire, deforestation and slave labour, and how public lands in the Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes become illegally occupied.

The untold story of Feronia Inc's failed rice operations in the DR Congo

Feronia had sunk at least US$14 million into its rice operations before suddenly "discontinuing" them in 2017 without explanation. A few years later, Feronia filed for bankruptcy. It has long been suspected that Feronia's rice venture was a front to channel funds to a high-level Congolese politician who facilitated Feronia's entry into the DRC.

Feronia had sunk at least US$14 million into its rice operations before suddenly "discontinuing" them in 2017 without explanation. A few years later, Feronia filed for bankruptcy. It has long been suspected that Feronia's rice venture was a front to channel funds to a high-level Congolese politician who facilitated Feronia's entry into the DRC.

The global farmland grab goes green

These days the companies that are in the business of selling farmland to billionaires and pension funds are peddling it as a green, sustainable and socially responsible investment. Carbon credits and net-zero pledges are fueling a new round of farmland buying by billionaires and pension funds that will undermine real climate solutions.

These days the companies that are in the business of selling farmland to billionaires and pension funds are peddling it as a green, sustainable and socially responsible investment. Carbon credits and net-zero pledges are fueling a new round of farmland buying by billionaires and pension funds that will undermine real climate solutions.

A farewell to Meriem Louanchi

Meriem, thank your for your courage, your heart, your friendship, your great intellect and your unwillingness to be pushed around. You inspired us, opened minds and helped us become sharper and stronger in our work.

Meriem, thank your for your courage, your heart, your friendship, your great intellect and your unwillingness to be pushed around. You inspired us, opened minds and helped us become sharper and stronger in our work.

Tribute to René Segbènou, a friend of GRAIN who has just left us

A tireless advocate for the peasant cause, René is one of those who, very early on, understood that the crisis in rural areas and agriculture needs strong voices that will be heard. Yesterday he was taken away in the last battle he fought for about 15 years. Go fighter, colleague, brother and friend, we will never forget you!

A tireless advocate for the peasant cause, René is one of those who, very early on, understood that the crisis in rural areas and agriculture needs strong voices that will be heard. Yesterday he was taken away in the last battle he fought for about 15 years. Go fighter, colleague, brother and friend, we will never forget you!

GM waxy maize: The gene edited Trojan Horse is moving through the gates

At least five countries-- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the US-- are allowing a variety of maize genetically modified (GM) with a genome editing technique called CRISPR to be released without the risk assessments and regulations required of GM crops. Other countries could soon follow.

At least five countries-- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the US-- are allowing a variety of maize genetically modified (GM) with a genome editing technique called CRISPR to be released without the risk assessments and regulations required of GM crops. Other countries could soon follow.

The UN Food Systems Summit: How Not to Respond to the Urgency of Reform

A good critique of where the UN Food Systems Summit is heading. By three (former) UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food

A good critique of where the UN Food Systems Summit is heading. By three (former) UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food

Big Tech, big ambition

An editorial in Malaysia's New Straight Times about GRAIN's BigTech report.

An editorial in Malaysia's New Straight Times about GRAIN's BigTech report.

Swallowing up forests

A briefing paper from an international network documents that Indonesia’s new “Food Estate Program” on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Papua threaten Indigenous sovereignty, forests and biodiversity, will cause hunger and contribute to the climate crisis.

A briefing paper from an international network documents that Indonesia’s new “Food Estate Program” on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Papua threaten Indigenous sovereignty, forests and biodiversity, will cause hunger and contribute to the climate crisis.

Glyphosate and GM maize not banned in Mexico

On the last day of 2020, the Mexican government published a decree that supposedly aims to replace the agricultural poison glyphosate, and in passing also mentions that the planting of GM maize should not be allowed. Many people and media in Mexico and the rest of the world refer to it as if glyphosate and the planting of GM maize had been banned. While this something that we certainly want and need, this decree does not do that.

On the last day of 2020, the Mexican government published a decree that supposedly aims to replace the agricultural poison glyphosate, and in passing also mentions that the planting of GM maize should not be allowed. Many people and media in Mexico and the rest of the world refer to it as if glyphosate and the planting of GM maize had been banned. While this something that we certainly want and need, this decree does not do that.