This week: Food First Executive Director, Eric Holt-Giménez, reflects on his two-week tour of Australia, a farm-coal clash in Mudgee, more than $10 billion pledged to save our oceans, and all-you-can-eat food packaging.

Australia

Bylong Valley Coal Mine in Mudgee Divides Farmers and Locals During Planning Meeting
ABC Rural
Environmentalists and farmers at an independent planning commission were locked in disagreement over a proposed South Korean-owned coal mine in Bylong Valley, north-east of Mudgee.

Greater Diversification in Farming Needed, Says Professor
The Weekly Times
Agriculture is “the biggest lever humankind can pull” to help successfully address the effects of a changing climate and feed a growing world population, according to University of Melbourne Professor Tim Reeves.

Welcome to Country: Talking Story With the Australian Food Movement
Food First
Food First Executive Director, Eric Holt-Giménez, reflects on his two-week tour of Australia. “What I experienced in Canberra, Daylesford, and in Lismore was what La Via Campesina has called, “un diálogo de saberes.” Literally “a dialogue of different wisdoms,” it refers to our efforts to communicate across different ways of knowing.”

Series: The New Normal? How Climate Change Is Making Droughts Worse
The Guardian
In this four-part series, The Guardian examines the current weather conditions and then puts them in context with other severe droughts in Australia’s history.

Abroad

$2.7 Billion Deal Opens Madagascar’s Waters to Hundreds of Chinese Fishing Vessels
Earth Island Journal
Critics say agreement is bad for local fishers, that negotiators failed to conduct public consultation or environmental impact statement.

Why Forests Are the Best ‘Technology’ to Stop Climate Change
Aljazeera
Opinion: Expanding forests is a much more effective solution to climate change than bioenergy.

All-You-Can-Eat Food Packaging Could Soon Be on the Menu
The Conversation, Canada
In the food industry, conversations about green supply chains focus on compostable and even edible solutions. Plenty of technologies exist.

Soil and Seaweed: Farming Our Way to a Climate Solution
Scientific American
We can sequester carbon and improve our nutrition through regenerative farming of land and sea.

Fifth Our Ocean Conference Generates US$10.7 Billion in Pledges
SDG Knowledge Hub
The fifth Our Ocean Conference generated 305 commitments to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. The US$10.7 billion in pledges represent commitments from a wide range of actors, with governments, non-governmental organizations and the corporate sector announcing the majority of the commitments.

Photo courtesy of Future Feeders

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