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May 2021

The jewels of America’s landscape should belong to America’s original peoples.

 

By David Treuer

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10 July 2021

“In this critical phase of life on our planet, a new paradigm of economic and demographic growth is only possible if the Earth’s ecology is preserved and enhanced,” says Davide Bollati, Davines Group Owner & Chair. “With the aim of tackling this gigantic task, Davines Group has been doing its part throughout the years with humility and enthusiasm for the cause. Partnering now with Rodale Institute, a true kindred spirit and dynamic pioneer of this regenerative vision, is a collaborative way to take greater steps on our journey to making the world a more beautiful place through beauty, ethics and sustainability. We hope our partnership will not only positively impact our product development and supply chain, but also serve as a catalyst for change that will animate sustainability studies and regenerative organic farming practices in Italy, Europe and beyond.”



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9 July 2021

Scientists from South Africa and the United States are launching a campaign to map marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species and ecosystems in one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots: the Greater Cape Floristic Region at the southwestern edge of South Africa.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will fly planes over the area for six weeks in 2023 to measure the height and structure of vegetation and collect ultraviolet, visual, thermal, and other imagery across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In addition, teams on the ground will observe locations of particular interest, log plants and, possibly, animals they detect.

Using this data, the team will map the region’s biodiversity, provide estimates of species’ distribution and abundance, and the boundaries of ecosystems, and research how biodiversity impacts the physical environment and vice versa. In other words, the campaign will help scientists understand the structure, function and composition of ecosystems in the study area.



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16 June 2021

Most conversations about food tend to travel along a horizontal plane, spanning the distance from farm to table. But in continuing the work toward a more just food system, we also must travel vertically — deep into the soil. We need to talk about seeds and, in doing so, some of us need to do less talking and more listening.

Shiloh Maples is affiliated with the Ojibwe and Odawa tribes as part of the larger Anishinaabe community. She is based in Southeast Michigan and acts as Upper Midwest regional coordinator for the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, a national program organized by the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her work is centered on seeds as a core element of food sovereignty for Indigenous communities across the United States.



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10 June 2021

A colleague recently told me that climate justice is about building ties between people, their land, and their traditional, ancestral ways. In all my years of doing environmental work, this is one of most succinct ways I’ve heard to describe what climate justice means for Indigenous People and communities: Reconnecting to our land is an integral piece of addressing climate change, for both our Nations and our wider communities.



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Jade Begay

6 June 2021

The People’s Summit is composed primarily of movements of landless peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolk, indigenous people, rural women and youth—or small food producers who produce 70% of the world’s food, yet remain among the world’s poorest and food insecure.

“The issue of landlessness and land grabbing is not in the agenda of the UNFSS. Nowhere in its so-called Action Tracks do discussions highlight critical trends such as on land concentration and reconcentration in the hands of big agribusiness firms and their network of local landlords and compradors, nor on the massive displacement of rural communities to give way to big private investments and large development projects,” said Chennaiah Poguri, chairperson of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC).



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1 June 2021

"We argue that Indigenous Māori frameworks offer powerful ways of thinking about how we protect the Antarctic, by focusing on responsibilities rather than rights, including the responsibilities we have to future generations," she says.

Antarctica is unlike any other place on Earth -- it is remote, there are no permanent human settlements, and no one nation has sovereignty.

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University of Otago

24 May 2021

Director of the Sicangu Food Sovereignty Initiative (FSI), Matte Wilson, weaves together Lakota tradition and modern models to form award-winning ideas about regenerative farming on the Sioux Rosebud Reservation in south-central South Dakota.

Today, high rates of food insecurity, unemployment and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are common among many Native American tribes including the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Burnt Thigh Lakota Nation). As such, organizations are working to help reestablish the economy.

Wilson explains that food insecurity on various reservations is common with the destruction of the buffalo economy. (The Sioux historically refer to bison as buffalo.) The Lakota/Dakota/Nakota nations, which are all part of the Great Sioux Nation, traditionally followed and hunted buffalo herds and harvested plants along the way.

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Everlyn Red Lodge

6 May 2021

Vanishing insects, soil without earthworms, dying coral reefs: biodiversity is clearly on the decline. Two years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published an alarming report with a clear message: we must turn the tide before ecosystems collapse. The future of humanity is hanging by a thread. Biodiversity forms the basis for our existence, providing us with food, clean drinking water, climate adaptation, and a buffer against disease. This realisation is the driving force behind the mission that Liesje Mommer, Professor of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, has formulated for Wageningen University & Research (WUR): to reverse the decreasing biodiversity curve. She wants to connect all WUR initiatives, research studies and researchers working on biodiversity. Her motto: we are better together.

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Landscape News Editor

4 May 2021

An urban farmer, seed keeper, and member of the Tlingit Nation, Kirsten Kirby-Shoote is uplifting Indigenous food sovereignty

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By Brenna Houck

25 April 2021

School of Architecture Indigenous Scholars named inaugural residents at Center for Architecture Lab

“Our theme for the Center for Architecture Lab residency is ‘Indigenous Futurism,’” Gallegos said. “We will be exploring narratives of the future for Indigenous communities and architectural sovereignty guided by the lenses of technology, alternative worlds, science fiction and studies of temporality.”

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Marisol Carty

22 April 2021

Ancient Indigenous forest gardens promote a healthy ecosystem

A new study by historical ecologists finds that Indigenous-managed forests -- cared for as 'forest gardens' -- contain more biologically and functionally diverse species than surrounding conifer-dominated forests and create important habitat for animals and pollinators.
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Simon Fraser University

17 April 2021

How to lead a community pantry in your barangay

Do you want to start a community pantry in your barangay? 

What started out as a lone initiative in Maginhawa created ripples across the country as several barangays put up their own community pantry or “bodegang bayan” to help Filipinos badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  (READ: ‘Pagod na ako sa inaction’: How a community pantry rose to fill gaps in gov’t response)

The woman behind the initiative, Ana Patricia Non, set up a bamboo cart with free grocery goods along the popular Maginhawa Street in UP Village on Wednesday, April 14. 

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Boat on a Lake

Rapper.com

31 March 2021

Game-changing soil research set to drive new era of carbon farming

Currently, the focus is on soil research. Specifically, using regenerative practices to restore degraded soils and increase soil carbon. Examples include various applications of multispecies cover crops, effects of pesticides on soil microbial diversity, integrating biochar into regenerative agriculture practices and building soil carbon through regenerative practices.

“In order to have impact, these projects have been designed as pilots to build capacity in different bioregions across the country. Our multi-species cover cropping will be triangulated across three states of Australia,” said Ms Gordon.

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Education

Education

28 March 2021

Tribal Broadband as a Cyber Superhighway to Sovereignty

“Small planning grants and proof of concept models were able to work and show [tribal networks are] a viable solution that could bring in more money later,” says Hannah Trostle, the author of the ILSR report. “It’s feasible, and it’s possible.” ILSR has counted nearly four dozen tribes in what’s considered the United States with their own internet networks.

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VALERIE VANDE PANNE

Native News Online

10 March 2021

Accelerating the Regenerative Revolution: The Nature Conservancy Invests in Emerging Agri-Tech Firms to Speed Progress Against Ambitious Soil Health Goals

By establishing portfolio of emerging companies targeting improved soil health outcomes, TNC aims to prime the pump for sustainable innovation across investment sectors

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The Nature Conservancy

CSRWire

8 March 2021

Empower women – Organic movement opens doors

AS the recovery from COVID-19 in the Pacific gains momentum, agriculture and food systems are central to its success.

The organic movement in Fiji and region-wide has continued to grow, even during this still lingering calamity.

Now is the time to support organics in agriculture, and the movement cannot play a strong role in COVID recovery without recognising one of its central driving forces – women.

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Jamie Kemsey

Fiji Times

7 March 2021

Giving farmers a bigger say in tackling biodiversity and climate change

Farming for Nature is a national initiative that highlights the positive role that farmers play in looking after nature on their land. It aims to share their practical insights through a range of short films, podcasts, webinars, and farm walks.

 

 

These give them a louder voice in the debate as to how action can be taken at farm level to tackle biodiversity and climate crises in Ireland.

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Ray Ryan

Irish Examiner

3 March 2021

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

The Earth’s forests are some of the richest and most biodiverse habitats we have.

Not only do they serve as important carbon sinks, but up to 350 million people living in or near them rely on their ecosystems for a range of basic needs, from food and shelter, to energy and medicine.

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Sean Fleming

World Economic Forum

27 February 2021

The Preservation of Culture Begins With a Seed

Mitchell, 28, who was a board member at the Food Project in Boston before going to work at Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia, told Sierra, “When I started farming, it felt very healing to me. It was a way of doing some ancestral trauma healing work, and it felt very important to me that my agricultural practice was related to this.” 

Eventually, Mitchell searched for ways to deepen her agricultural practice and knowledge. In 2016, she attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference, and while there she couldn’t help but notice that she was one of the few people of color. Looking to connect with farmers of color, she struck up a conversation with a Black elder and asked what his needs were. He told her: high-quality seeds that are culturally appropriate and easily accessible to Black farmers and gardeners

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Aaron Mok

25 February 2021

Belowground biodiversity in motion: Global change alters microbial life in soils - and thereby its ecological functions

Soil microorganisms play a critical role in the survival of life-sustaining ecosystems and, consequently, human well-being. Global assessments continue to provide strong evidence that humans are causing unprecedented biodiversity losses. However, existing information is strongly biased towards selected groups of vertebrates and plants, while much less is known about potential shifts in belowground communities.
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Abstract Nature

15 February 2021

Mapping Mycelium: Sowing Stories of Resistance

In nature, everything works together and there is deep collaboration from all beings to survive. Moss, lichen, fungi, trees and roots are all connected to each other and create life and possibility beyond language, time and generation. The roots of the forest floor share knowledge and guidance in the movement for change and liberation.

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Flower Girl

Angel Harris

The Daily Barometer

12 February 2021

Neglected indigenous trees solve malnutrition and land degradation

The benefits are sometimes ignored with tropical tree-sourced foods clustered as “lost, underutilized or neglected” because they are overlooked by governments and development agencies. But hundreds of millions depend upon them, and they have huge potential to contribute significantly to the availability of fruit and vegetables.

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World Agroforestry

World Agroforestry

11 February 2021

New study reveals biodiversity important at regional scales

New research shows that biodiversity is important not just at the traditional scale of short-term plot experiments--in which ecologists monitor the health of a single meadow, forest grove, or pond after manipulating its species counts--but when measured over decades and across regional landscapes as well. The findings can help guide conservation planning and enhance efforts to make human communities more sustainable.

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City in Valley

Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

EurekAlert

7 February 2021

Restoring the balance of nature and reversing food insecurity starts with land reform

The seed for food sovereignty has been firmly planted on South African soil. It is this seed which must now grow into a stronger, bolder, impactful network that can take food sovereignty to the next level.

 

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Mazibuko Jara

Maverick Citizen

3 February 2021

Building soil and ecosystem health for food and nutritional security: A worm’s eye view

The world’s food supplies are still very deeply connected with the soil: without healthy, well-functioning soil, we cannot produce nutritious food. It’s as simple as that. 

 

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LEIGH ANN WINOWIECKI

Forest News

21 Jan 2021

Hui planned for marae-based project teaching Kaipara residents to grow kai

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A new marae-based project has been launched to help Kaipara residents grow their own food.

The first of four educational hui will be held this month to teach people how to transform their backyards into food bowls."

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The Country

20 Jan 2021

Activists Rally At Capitol To Support Local Farmers

Farmers and activists gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol Wednesday to call on lawmakers to provide more land and resources to subsistence farmers

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Seashell

Honolulu Civil Beat

18 Jan 2021

Profiles in Food Justice

In that spirit, a few of Stone Pier Press’s News Fellows sat down with a sampling of the leaders fighting to create a more equitable and just food system. From indigenous activists striving for tribal food sovereignty to an organization returning farmland to the communities where it belongs, these are the people who are rewriting the story of food. These are their stories; we hope they leave you feeling as inspired as they did us.

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Hot Air Balloons

Jared Kent

Stone Pier Press

13th Jan 2021

The Kinship of Plants and People 

Eighty humble plants and the wisdom of North American indigenous people add up to simple yet magnificent insights in Enrique Salmón's new book, Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

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Lou Fancher

East Bay Express

6th Jan 2021

Moñeka De Oro and Her Recipes of Resistance

Unlike many of her peers, De Oro grew up in a CHamoru-speaking household. Her dad, an avid gardener, taught her to care for the land, while her grandmother taught her traditional CHamoru medicine. As a young adult, she apprenticed with local healers, spending her days foraging for herbs and studying the health benefits of coconuts

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Madeleine Gregory

Sierra Magazine

2021

UN International Year of Fruit & Vegetables, IFOAM Organic International.

The IYFV 2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security, and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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IFOAM

Organics International

2020

‘Nutri-scapes’ a recipe for better nutrition.

Scientists embrace benefits of trees in landscapes for livelihoods and nutrition.

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Pair of Acorns

Daniella Silva

Forest News

December 29, 2020

Improving sustainability through innovation

This project aims to:

  • share existing nature friendly farming practice across a range of farm and croft types across four regions in Scotland.

  • create regionally context specific communities to develop nature friendly farming networks and create a supportive community to guide, advise and share practices to bring back biodiversity to farmed landscapes.

  • create a legacy resource in the form of a film to highlight existing practice and share potential actions to enable the restoring, preserving and enhancing of biodiversity.

  • establish a network who will benefit from future activity to develop biodiversity identification skills.

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Scottish Government News

Scottish Gov.

November 30, 2020

Organic farming in India 3 women agripeneurs who are making a change.

Globally, there is empirical evidence that women have a decisive role in ensuring food security and preserving local agro-biodiversity. The reason being that rural women are responsible for the integrated management and use of diverse natural resources to meet the daily household needs.

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Tropical Flower

Steena Joy

Lifestyle

2020

There is a field: Reimaging Biodiversity in Aotearoa.

"These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other."

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Tree Leaves

Joseph Cederwall

The Dig

22 July 2021

After 20 years and hundreds of students, one of Māoridom's most important artists has retired from his role as an educator at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa at the age of 82.

Sandy Adsett of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Pāhauwera created Toimairangi School of Māori Visual Art at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2002. Over the 20 years he has mentored hundreds of students including the director of Te Pātaka Art + Museum Reuben Friend.

While Toimairangi provided a solid base to work from, Adsett said he had particularly enjoyed uplifting the arts kaupapa in Ngāti Kahungunu through Iwi Toi Kahungunu, an organisation he created to promote local artists and their art.

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10 July 2021

Visibility Through Art is a community art initiative produced annually as part of CHIRP’s Arts and Culture Program. Visibility Through Art is an intentional and informed collaboration between local artists and members of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. Each project year explores a theme or subject of importance to the Tribe, culminating in an annual exhibit. This year, artists were asked to center around Destruction of the Land | Destruction of the People. We are invited to consider: the impact humans have on the environment and the long-lasting impacts of the gold rush on the Nisenan people. Art opens the way for meaningful conversations around topics that are not always easy to have and sometimes can reveal solutions that may otherwise remain unseen.



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1 July 2021

Special report Indigenous articles 



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11 June 2021

The declaration comes roughly a year after he expressed concern over a lack of consultation on a massive provincial irrigation project at Lake Diefenbaker that he says could affect water flows into the delta. He said he remains hopeful for a solution that could satisfy all parties.

He wasn’t alone in urging a seat at the table for the First Nation.

“For too long, (the delta) has been degraded by government policies and decisions that do not consider or include First Nations’ voices — and today that way of doing business comes to an end,” Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice Chief Heather Bear said in a prepared statement.



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6 June 2021

In this episode, John Noksana, Carolina Behe, and Mumilaaq Qaqqaq sit down with Threshold producers Amy Martin and Nick Mott to discuss Inuit food security and Inuit sovereignty in the North.



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Threshold Podcast

3 June 2021

This First Person article is the experience of Ossie Michelin, a Labrador Inuk journalist from the community of North West River. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ.

Growing up in my home community of North West River, in central Labrador, we saw a number of researchers, writers, explorers and others come and go. Sometimes, they would hire someone from my family as a guide.

The best ones made lifelong friendships and their work benefited our community well. But what many of them wrote about us, or what they said, didn't match up with our lived experience.

For centuries, the humanity of Indigenous people has been hidden behind stereotypes, myths and prejudices. Indigenous voices have long been silenced, only allowed to be heard when deemed valid by an "expert" like a priest, scientist, politician or bureaucrat.

By denying us access to the conversations that shaped this country, we were written off into the history books as a relic from a bygone era.

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Ossie Michelin

28 May 2021

But Holl knows there are limits to what trees can do to help. 

That’s why she’s collaborating with conservation organizations and climate advocates to appropriately plan and care for forest restoration projects so that trees can be effective in storing as much carbon dioxide as possible in the long term. When done well, tree-planting provides a whole host of benefits for people and the planet. But without proper planning, there can actually be unintended negative consequences. And Holl wants to see more focus on preserving existing ecosystems, since it’s easier to protect a healthy forest or grassland than to restore one that has been lost. 

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18 May 2021

Cultural diversity -- indicated by linguistic diversity -- and biodiversity are linked, and their connection may be another way to preserve both natural environments and Indigenous populations in Africa and perhaps worldwide, according to an international team of researchers

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6 May 2021

I launched One Blue Earth as a platform for change, and to be a bridge between research and action. One Blue Earth seeks to raise public awareness about the consequences of global warming and to educate our communities about current scientific and grass-roots efforts to develop workable solutions to mitigate and reverse climate change. Our goal is to spotlight and partner with specific projects. In our fundraising campaigns, we ask for individual donations of only $1 to encourage more democratic and inclusive participation. The number of people we can motivate to contribute is as important as the amounts we raise. One dollar per person may seem like a drop, but together we can make an ocean.

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Elena Bouldin

4 May 2021

Alan Wilcox, a senior manager for the Kaipara Moana Remediation interim management unit, said planting the trees was the foundation of a new intergenerational approach.
First plantings are planned this month. They will be the start of New Zealand’s biggest harbour restoration programme — across 6000 square kilometres of land with more than 8000km of waterways.

Tame Te Rangi, chairman of the governing body Kaipara Moana Remediation joint committee, said it was positive to see the community working towards improving the health of the harbour.

He said two groups had already applied to be involved in harbour improvement through riparian planting and other efforts — the Wairua River group catchment group in Northland and the Hoteo River catchment group in Auckland.

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Susan Botting

25 April 2021

Even 150 Years Later, Lush Forest Gardens Showcase The Value of Native Stewardship

In forests touched by recent human activity, researchers found a wood dominated by conifers and hemlocks. Whereas in the forest gardens of the Ts'msyen and Coast Salish peoples, the team found a diversity of native fruit and nut trees, including crabapple, hazelnut, cranberry, wild plum, and wild cherries. 

In the gardens' undergrowth, they also noticed a spread of wild ginger and wild rice root.

"These plants never grow together in the wild. It seemed obvious that people put them there to grow all in one spot—like a garden," says ethnobiologist Chelsey Geralda Armstrong from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. 

"Elders and knowledge holders talk about perennial management all the time. It's no surprise these forest gardens continue to grow at archeological village sites that haven't yet been too severely disrupted by settler-colonial land-use."

It's generally accepted that agricultural practices in North America's Pacific Northwest arrived with the dawn of colonization, but that's simply not true. 

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Carly Cassalla 

20 April 2021

Kaitiakitanga & food forests: 'We can't just take annual harvests'

Lorinda Pereira of Te Rarawa is among the growing number of whānau moving back to their whenua to raise their tamariki.

Now the mum of six is teaching her children all they need to know to survive by growing their own mahinga kai.

She fuses the teachings of her ancestors with a relatively new phenomenon of ‘food forests’ to sustain her family and community.

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Boat on a Lake

Maori Television

5 April 2021

New Residency Aims To Connect Artists And Scientists On Path To Climate Solutions

Light pollution may not be the most pressing environmental issue at the moment, but it is one that comes with serious health, ecological and economic consequences. That’s according to Daniel Mendoza, a researcher and professor who runs the University of Utah’s Dark Skies minor.

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Grid and Leaves

Jon Reed

30 March 2021

Rivers can be climate change solutions, too (commentary)

As these milestones reinvigorate a call to action for our politicians and business leaders to act on climate and “ramp up climate ambition,” all eyes inevitably turn to the usual avenues for addressing and adapting to climate change: forests, clean energy and waving goodbye to our toxic relationship with fossil fuels. And while mitigation efforts continue to dominate the conversation, adaptation is ever-increasing in importance in global discussions as extreme weather and its impacts worsen around the world and countries work to build stronger national commitments

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Nature Artwork

26 March 2021

New Food Sovereignty Lab will promote research, indigenous representation, tribal collaboration

The lab will operate as a commercial kitchen, with a plant drying station and salmon pit for working with and preparing food, baskets and regalia. It will serve as a study and research space and will host university and community events. When complete, HSU will become the first university in California with a space dedicated to uplifting tribal sovereignty through the research, practice and preservation of food sovereignty

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Del North Triplecate

Del North Triplecate

9 March 2021

How Soul Fire Farm Is Supporting Black Farmers On The Land And On The Hill

One of the people working behind the scenes on Booker’s Justice for Black Farmers Act was Leah Penniman, cofounder and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a nonprofit that is “dedicated to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.”

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Eve Turrow-Paul

8 March 2021

In Japan, scientists look to the past to save the future of grasslands

On the wide-open plains of the Sugadaira and Minenohara highlands, red-budded great burnets dot the landscape amid lavender hues of Japanese lady bell flowers, relics of the last Ice Age that persist on the rolling hills of modern-day Japan.

A century ago, rich grasslands accounted for about 13% of the country’s land area, but that number dwindled to just 1% by the early 2000s. A recent study conducted on Japan’s main island of Honshu suggests the key to conserving these vulnerable ecosystems may lie in their past.

By comparing Japan’s old and new grasslands, the study published in Ecological Research finds it may be worth prioritizing the conservation of older grasslands because they have more biodiversity. In the study, scientists define new grasslands as less than 70 years old while the old grasslands can be anywhere from 160 to thousands of years old.

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Marlowe Starling

Mongabay

4 March 2021

Building Indigenous Power in Philanthropy

"We’ve seen the research. The fraction of philanthropic support that reaches Indian Country and Indigenous-led organizations has remained largely unchanged for decades, while institutional philanthropy has come to rely heavily on non-Indigenous-led organizations or intermediaries to carry out their priorities and strategies. But when priorities and strategies don’t emerge from the community and are implanted from the outside, we can find that philanthropic institutions are advancing their own interests while remaining comfortably distant from (and only loosely accountable to) Indigenous Peoples and communities, forgoing any deeper understanding of or respect for tribal sovereignty. Indeed, many philanthropists consider the matter “too complex,” an inadequate and unserious approach, especially when compared to the multitude of federal and philanthropic regulations that must be navigated by Indigenous Peoples and tribes working to develop their communities. "

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Gaby Strong

2 March 2021

SCIENCE MATTERS Faulty economic thinking makes destroying nature profitable

Everything we need to survive—food, water, air, shelter—comes from nature, of which we are a part. Fuelled by the sun’s energy, this planet is amazing in its ability to replenish and recycle the basic elements of life.  

Now people are outpacing Earth’s ability to maintain these essential services. Our economic systems not only ignore this unsustainable plunder, they encourage it. That’s led to a 70-per-cent decline in mammal, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian populations over the past 50 years. One million plant and animal species—one-quarter of the global total—now face extinction.

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David Suzuki

Pique News Magazine

25 February 2021

Saving Earth’s biodiversity through a story revolution

For decades, the environmental conservation sector has prioritised technical and scientifically oriented knowledge and programs, operating as if the challenges we confront – the twin climate and extinction emergencies, fraying wildlands that increase the likelihood of new pandemics, and the staggering loss of biodiversity that destabilises entire economies – are of an ecological nature. And yet, the environment is not the cause of its own destruction. Society, our laws and economic habits, is at the root of what we call the “environmental problem.” Meaning that it is not so much ecology that we must come to terms with, but ourselves.

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Pair of Acorns

Vance Martin & Amy Lewis

25 February 2021

Colonialism ‘an invasive species’: Grants aim to replenish threatened Indigenous food systems

Kati George-Jim carries teachings about the relational cycles of ecosystems, passed on to her by the many women in her families.

The T’suk woman speaks of how salmon are nurtured by natural water systems — when fish bones are left on the side of the beach, animals are able to feed off that same nutrition.

Bears and other animals then expel that waste, which nurtures other relatives on the floor of the forest, and helps plants grow which are then harvested from the land.

It’s one of many teachings that are key to understanding Indigenous food systems in the territories they serve, Jim says.

“Those teachings, that language and the relationship to nutrition all comes back to food,” she says. “Whether it’s feeding us or feeding ecosystems, it’s important to understand that relationship.”

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Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty

The Discourse

15 February 2021

Researcher pilots drones to aid conservation efforts

Ms Tasya is two months away from completing her PhD with the university's applied ecology and conservation group. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Her ambition is to protect South-east Asia's forests and explore different technologies for mapping areas for conservation.

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Shaban Begum

Straits Times

12 February 2021

Biodiversity protects bee communities from disease, U-M study concludes

A new analysis of thousands of native and nonnative Michigan bees shows that the most diverse bee communities have the lowest levels of three common viral pathogens.

University of Michigan researchers netted and trapped more than 4,000 bees from 60 species. The bees were collected at winter squash farms across Michigan, where both managed honeybee colonies and wild native bees pollinate the squash flowers.

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Jim Erickson

Michigan News

10 February 2021

UN declaration to help First Nations achieve self-determination: Bellegarde

OTTAWA — Passing a new law to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will get First Nations closer to self-determination, National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said Wednesday.

"The declaration is a tool for building a better relationship with Canada, in which our inherent treaty rights will be affirmed, respected and upheld," Bellegarde said at a virtual forum organized by his advocacy organization to discuss the issue.

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Winter

The Canadian Press

7 February 2021

Achieving human potential is true prosperity

Last week, I suggested that true prosperity is doughnut-shaped, but I did not define what I mean by true prosperity, nor what Doughnut Economics means for this region. I will explore the first of these topics this week and the second next week.

 

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Illustrated Mountains

Trevor Hancock

Times Colonist

1 February 2021

Celebrating Black History Month with 10 Groundbreaking Food Activists

In celebration of Black History Month we are highlighting ten black individuals from across the country who are crafting powerful narratives around food and sustainability and fighting for community-based approaches to food policy that connect race and culture to our food system. Although communities of color have long played a critical role in shaping the American foodscape, their contributions have historically gone unrecognized in mainstream food culture and policy. These black chefs, farmers, educators, and community activists offer an array of books, documentaries, resources, and organizations to engage with and learn from during Black History Month and in the months to come.

 

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Women

Bryant Terry

Food Policy Centre NY

21 Jan 2021

How regenerative crops and Afro-Indigenous farming techniques are putting carbon back in the ground

How To Save A Planet, focuses on two very different farmers who take unique approaches to the same carbon-reduction practice: regenerative agriculture, which is all about enriching the soil by putting more carbon in than your crops take out

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Under the Sea

Thom Dunn

Bong Bong Net

20 Jan 2021

Climate change, agrobiodiversity and indigenous people

For centuries, indigenous people have been cultivating traditional crops which are not only rich with multi-nutrients but also resilient towards coping with the changing climatic conditions. However, over the years, promotion of modern hybrid crops and chemical agro-inputs has substantially reduced crop yield, degraded land and jeopardised food sovereignty of indigenous communities worldwide

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Bird

Abhijit Mohanty

The Times of India

15th Jan 2021

Commission lists agroecology and animal welfare as core environmental practices

Eco-schemes