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Platform Economy and Agriculture: the major trends to look out for

Platform Economy and Agriculture: the major trends to look out for | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Discover the platforms that have been shaking up the agri-food & agricultural sector.
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Yardfarming - P2P Foundation

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"Industrial agriculture concentrates social power and exacerbates problems of food insecurity and poverty, whereas small-scale organic farming on an individual or community level can significantly distribute social power across communities all over the world. An approach like this is one we like to call “yardfarming” (a concept we’ve spent the last year advocating for through www.Yardfarmers.us).

 

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New MacDonald

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Kids' play goes horribly wrong, all to make a point about how we treat our food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypF15z3euwM #NewMacDonald #OnlyOrganic
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Water Commons in the Roman World - P2P Foundation

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"This book analyses water issues in ancient Roman World (cultural and social norms as well as legal provisions) and links the roman imagery about water to the current debate about the commons.

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Transition Towards a Food Commons Regime - P2P Foundation

Transition Towards a Food Commons Regime - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This paper analyses the main fault lines of the industrial food system and the consequences of the absolute commodification of food. Then, using the food regime theory and exploring the developments in the industrial food system (mainstream) and the urban alternative food networks (AFNs) and rural food sovereignty movement (innovative niches), the author proposes a transition pathway (the re-commonification of food) towards a food commons regime in which primacy rests in its feature as human beings’ absolute need and the different dimensions of food are properly valued, in opposition to the corporate mono-dimensional valuation of food as a commodity. In order to crowdsource this transition, this paper argues the food sovereignty movement and the AFNs need to grow together, beyond individual organisations, to knit a different and bigger food web capable of confronting the industrial food system for the common good. This ongoing transition that will span decades is to be steered by a tricentric governance system (urban and rural civic collective actions for food, partner states and social private enterprises) that enables access and promote food in all its dimensions through a multiplicity of open structures and sustainable peer-to-peer practices aimed at sharing, co-producing and trading food and knowledge. Unlike the market, the food commons are about cooperation, sharing, stewardship, equity, self-production, sustainability, collectiveness, embeddedness and direct democracy from local to global. Shifting the dominant discourse from the private sphere to the commons arena will open up a whole new world of economic, political and societal innovations, not least the Universal Food Coverage.

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Evolution of Via Campesina as a Transnational Social Movement - P2P Foundation

Evolution of Via Campesina as a Transnational Social Movement - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  • Article: María Elena Martínez-Torres & Peter M. Rosset (2010) La Vía Campesina: the birth and evolution of a transnational social movement, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 37:1, 149-175, DOI: 10.1080/03066150903498804
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Bukittinggi Paradigm on Agrarian Reform and Revolution - P2P Foundation

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" The international meeting “Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century, the Challenge and Future” was organized by La Via Campesina and the Global Campaign on Agrarian Reform (GCAR) to discuss the global conjuncture and identify key elements of a common strategy for agrarian reform, food sovereignty and the defense of land and territories. Over 150 representatives from peasants, fisher folk, indigenous peoples, youth, workers, women, landless workers, human rights and research organizations participated in the meeting, which was held in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia from July 10th-13th 2012."

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Martin Adams on Land as the First Commons - P2P Foundation

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"What if we lived in a world where everyone had enough, where every one mattered, where people lived in harmony with nature? In this interview with KPFA-FM host Kris Welch, author Martin Adams says it’s possible."

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How the People Can Outwit the Global Domination Plans of Agribusiness - disinformation

How the People Can Outwit the Global Domination Plans of Agribusiness - disinformation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The strategic centerpiece of Monsanto PR is to focus on the promotion of one single compelling idea. The idea that they want you to believe in is that only they can produce enough for the future population. They wish you to therefore believe that non-industrial systems of farming, such as all those which use agroecological methods, or SRI, or are localised and family-oriented, or which use organic methods, or non-GMO seeds, cannot feed the world. This same PR strategy is followed by every major
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You Will Feel Better's curator insight, January 27, 2015 7:06 PM

This is a worthy article.

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Crisis of the Pastoral Commons - P2P Foundation

Crisis of the Pastoral Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Pastoral system and pastoralism as a way of life and viable economic system find little space in development discourse. The issues relating to pastoral communities and their dependent resources get rare notice of policy makers and planners in national development agenda. The importance and interconnectedness of pastoral system and pasture commons, the resource base, has been missing from public consciousness and policy discourse as a result of which it has been an all time area of negligence from development planning and policy making. Such critical interconnectedness between dependent communities with their resources is largely misplaced while framing the policies of governance.
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Peer Production as a Model for the Provision by Food Services Collectives - P2P Foundation

Peer Production as a Model for the Provision by Food Services Collectives - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Based on the examples of two collectives preparing lunches and giving them for free with an option of donation at Montreal universities, this article considers how services of general interest could be organized in an alternative way — namely how the combination of paid and unpaid work, spontaneous work involving high number of volunteers, and the dissociation of annual income from sale of output can serve as a model for providing needed public services. The probable expansion of such services in the future is supported by several current trends in the developed countries: for example, underemployment of human resources, a new work ethos, and the democratic deficit inherent in the current system of service provision by state or market providers. This article applies the case study method to illustrate citizens’ attitudes and to consider what structural and organizational changes may be needed to set up an alternative form of service provision potentially applicable to other venues."
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UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.

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Remind me again: Who wants GMO labeling? - ConsumerAffairs

Remind me again: Who wants GMO labeling? - ConsumerAffairs | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Realizing this was impossible at the time, a professional organic activist named Jeremy Rifkin founded The Pure Food Campaign to instead demand the labeling of genetically-modified foods.

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Global Agribusiness, Dependency and the Marginalisation of Self-Sufficiency, Organic Farming and Agroecology

Global Agribusiness, Dependency and the Marginalisation of Self-Sufficiency, Organic Farming and Agroecology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Is organic-based farming merely a niche model of agriculture that is not capable of feeding the global population? Or does it have a major role to play? I

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Everyday Water Politics and the Struggle for Alternatives in Cochabamba, Bolivia - P2P Foundation

Everyday Water Politics and the Struggle for Alternatives in Cochabamba, Bolivia - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In 2000, a broad alliance of irrigators, campesinos, factory workers, street vendors, urban water committees, neighborhood organizations, students, and middleclass professionals, forced the Bolivian government to cancel the contract it had signed with a consortium of private companies and return the municipal water system of Cochabamba to public control. The story of the citizens of Cochabamba standing up to and defeating the combined forces of an international consortium, the IMF and an entrenched political elite is a modern day story of David versus Goliath (Assies 2003). It is no surprise, therefore, that it is has become one of the touchstones in the ongoing struggle over ownership and control of water resources and infrastructures around the world. But fifteen years have passed since then. What has happened in that time? What does it mean to ‘win’? And what, if anything, does this tell us about the challenges of organizing more just, democratic and ecologically sensitive water systems? "

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Open Knowledge Management Visiting Lectures

Open Knowledge Management Visiting Lectures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

After summarizing main concepts of data, Information and Knowledge, the firstpart of the course is aimed to give students an overview of the use of knowledge within organization under two perspectives: the organizational and the managerial one. The course aims to show how Knowledge and its effective management are major factors in determining the level of an organization's performance and its degree of competitiveness. In particular, this lecture is useful to deepen the understanding of

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UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
 
Transformative changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems in order to increase diversity on farms, reduce our use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems....
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Bukittinggi Paradigm on Agrarian Reform and Revolution - P2P Foundation

Bukittinggi Paradigm on Agrarian Reform and Revolution - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

" The international meeting “Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century, the Challenge and Future” was organized by La Via Campesina and the Global Campaign on Agrarian Reform (GCAR) to discuss the global conjuncture and identify key elements of a common strategy for agrarian reform, food sovereignty and the defense of land and territories. Over 150 representatives from peasants, fisher folk, indigenous peoples, youth, workers, women, landless workers, human rights and research organizations participated in the meeting, which was held in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia from July 10th-13th 2012."

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Martin Adams on Land as the First Commons - P2P Foundation

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"What if we lived in a world where everyone had enough, where every one mattered, where people lived in harmony with nature? In this interview with KPFA-FM host Kris Welch, author Martin Adams says it’s possible."

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Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings

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This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of the meeting was secret. So was the agenda. Attendance was strictly invite-only and nobody who even came close to representing African small farmers was invited.

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Brewster Kahle and Matt Senate on the Revival of the Green Range Progressive Farming Tradition - P2P Foundation

Brewster Kahle and Matt Senate on the Revival of the Green Range Progressive Farming Tradition - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Grange Future” celebrates the history and contemporary expression of ‘the grange idea.’ From the 19th century populist movement that backed the early campaign for an “information commons” in the form of Rural Free Mail delivery, to public banking and Farmers co-op banks, this vital movement is re-emerging to confront information and agricultural monopolists of our own era. Severine von Tscharner Fleming leads a panel discussion with the Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle and Matt Senate from the Omni Commons and Sudo Room Hackerspace." (http://shapingsf.org/public-talks/archive.html#grange)
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Community Supported Fishery - P2P Foundation

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"CSF shareholders pay up front for a share of the catch. Most CSFs deliver whole fish in season, so customers experience variety and seasonality. Fishermen are paid a flat rate per season, rather than being paid only for the number of fish they catch. This encourages them to diversify their catch and fish according to the demands of the ecosystem, rather than to maximize sales.
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Curto Café - P2P Foundation

Curto Café - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= Coffee-producing community without permanent staff, and no hierarchies, where every client may include him/herself on the crew, interfering with ideas and productions


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The high cost of cheap meat - Inquirer.net

The high cost of cheap meat - Inquirer.net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


As emerging-economy middle classes grow, it is vital to recognize that existing Western models of meat production and consumption do not provide a sound blueprint for the future.

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