This Week: Australia’s first community owned local food hub, Farming Democracy, El Niño on the horizon, UN adopts landmark declaration reinforcing peasants’ rights to seeds and why wild plant ancestors need protection.

Australia

Food Connect Raises $2m for Warehouse via Crowdfunding
The Courier Mail
A staggering $2.12 million has been “crowdfunded” for ethical food social enterprise Food Connect to purchase a warehouse in Brisbane’s south.

Feeding Cities in the 21st Century: Why Urban-Fringe Farming Is Vital for Food Resilience
The Conversation
The role that city fringe farmers play in feeding cities is sometimes overlooked in an era of sophisticated supply chains that enable food to be sourced from all over the world. But city foodbowls make a significant contribution to Australia’s fresh food supplies.

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance Launches Crowdfunding Campaign: Farming Democracy
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
Farming Democracy opens the gates, the books, and the hearts of eight small-scale regenerative farmers from across Australia, sharing just how they grow, process, and sell their produce, and how much it costs them to do so as well as how much they earn for their toil.  

South Australia’s Emerging Hemp Industry Forecast to Be Worth Millions
ABC Rural
South Australia’s fledgling hemp industry could be worth $3 million annually within five years, government data shows.

Abroad

UN Committee Adopts ‘Landmark’ Declaration Reinforcing Peasants’ Rights To Seeds
Intellectual Property Watch
The social, humanitarian and cultural committee of the United Nations meeting this month adopted a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. The declaration includes the right to save, exchange, and sell farm-saved seeds.

Climate-warming El Niño Very Likely in 2019, Says UN Agency
The Guardian
There is a 75-80% chance of a climate-warming El Niño event by February, according to the latest analysis from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.

Bees Help Indigenous Yiaku Defend and Monitor Their Ancestral Forest in Central Kenya
Mongabay
The Yiaku’s use of beekeeping and other traditional practices to conserve their forest has earned them recognition and autonomy from the Kenyan government, which in 2008 granted the community full responsibility for managing the forest.

Why Wild Plant Ancestors Need Protection
Ecowatch
Botanists who have monitored the conservation status of almost 7,000 species—the wild forerunners of plants that humans use for food, medicine, shelter, fuel and livestock feed—found that most could be counted as not properly conserved and protected.

Longform: Bison Bars Were Supposed to Restore Native Communities and Grass-Based Ranches. Then Came Epic Provisions.
New Food Economy
Tanka, a Native-owned business, invented the commercial bison bar. But Epic took credit, built an empire on a foundation of misleading claims, promised ranchers investment that never materialized, and left an industry struggling in its wake.

 

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