Willi Kiefel identifies some of the main causes of the ecological “downward spiral” we are currently trapped in, and makes six propositions for a transformation process to help us escape from it.
Brian Davey questions the wisdom of commodifying nature in order to try and address environmental damage, and argues for a more democratic, commons-based approach.
Irish language version
Our Food for Thought Collaborative event which took place on Friday May 17th in the GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. It was organised in partnership with Afri, Teacht Anair, Food Sovereignty Ireland and the IEN-organised National Biodiversity Week. The event came the day before Afri’s Annual Famine Walk in Louisburg.
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Food for Thought offered a reflective learning space which in 2019 focussed on transformational change. There were two guest speakers – Hannie van Geel from La Via Campesina and Michael McGaughan, author of Coming Home. While a central theme was …
"The Green New Deal, if presented as a way of investing in energy techno-fixes, could be a misleading magic formula. If seen as a start of a dialogue about a wide ranging transformation of society including communities setting up arrangements to help each other, it could be helpful", writes Brian Davey.
"We are richer when we know our neighbours – human, animal and plant…..when we know the names of the nearest trees to where we live, the most common birds locally, and where the nicest blackberries grow". Elizabeth Cullen urges us to place stronger restrictions on advertising and to take other steps to reduce our consumption.
We argue that in order to achieve its new objectives, CAP policymakers need to collaborate with other high-level EU and global bodies so as to establish a core economic framework that would include Cap and Share, a basic income, land value tax, debt-free money issuance and reforms to the international trading organisations.