Global Crises & Global Movements

Responding to global food, fuel and financial crises, social movements are forming new ways of building social power and creating effective, community-based alternatives. For an introduction to this issue, download our Food First Issue Primer on Global Crises & Global Movements

Can Radical Researchers Get Their Act Together?

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Alastair Iles, Annie Shattuck, Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Erik Hazard, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, M. Jahi Chappell and Maywa Montenegro | Mar 26, 2020

What does it look like when activist-scholars, embedded in academic institutions that foster a culture of individualism and competition, work to collectivize their efforts and support social movements fighting for systemic change?

Scaling Agroecology from the Bottom up: Six Domains of Transformation

Academic Publication | Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Colin R. Anderson, Csilla Kiss, Janneke Bruil, M. Jahi Chappell and Michel P. Pimbert | Feb 21, 2020

How can agroecology be advanced, amplified, scaled up and out? In each context, there are enabling and disabling conditions that shape the potential for agroecology to be scaled. This Food First Issue Brief identifies six ‘domains of transformation’ that are essential to consider in agroecology transformations.

Philippine Banana Farmers: Their Cooperatives and Struggle for Land Reform and Sustainable Agriculture

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | David Bacon | Feb 13, 2020

Thirty years ago many banana workers in the Philippines made a radical change in their work and lives. They transformed the militant unions they had organized to wrest a decent living from the multinational corporations that control much of the world’s food production. Instead of working for wages, they used the country’s land reform law to become the owners of the plantations where they had labored for generations.

Of chancers and last-chancers

Blog | Chris Smaje | Jan 23, 2020

This article was originally published at Small Farm Future. Time for me to arise from my book-editing duties and offer…

Taking Utopian Thinking Seriously

Blog | Melissa Gordon | Nov 4, 2019

“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten…