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When industrial food fails us, it's time to change the food system

Blog entry by Alessandro Saccoccio | May 19, 2015

The current food system is broken. We all see how industrial and chemical intensive food production impacts on people and farmers, the planet and animals. For example, did you know that in 2007, 269 tonnes of pesticides were used...

What do over 5 million cows + relaxed environmental regulations equal?

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | February 3, 2016

Answer? A fresh water crisis. Gone are the days of Aussies telling Kiwi sheep jokes. In the past 20 years, sheep,  pine trees and shrub have made way for more and more cows,  mostly for intensive dairying.   At the same time our...

Big news for bees

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | February 9, 2016

As ecological farming and the market for organic food continues to grow across the globe, I’m heartened to see that the same is true in Spain, my home country, where we are going through one of the worst economic crises in recent...

New Zealand’s clean rivers damned by industrial dairying

Blog entry by Gen Toop | April 15, 2016

Industrial dairying is failing. It’s failing people who want to swim in clean rivers, its failing our tourism industry, it’s failing our climate, and it’s failing farmers. The high input industrial dairying model requires more...

EU bows to US pressure to open door to new GMOs

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | April 26, 2016

People in Europe have massively rejected GMOs, and our governments have started to ban their cultivation , but agro­chemical companies have cooked up a new way to get GMOs onto the European market. They are claiming that GMOs which...

Ecological Farming - Farming for the Future

Blog entry by Gen Toop | April 27, 2016

Industrial dairying is failing. It’s failing people who want to swim in clean rivers, its failing our tourism industry, it’s failing our climate, and it’s failing farmers. The good news is that there are alternative ways to produce...

Why Piss is the Problem With Industrial Dairying in New Zealand

Blog entry by Gen Toop | May 2, 2016

It’s pretty obvious that letting cows wander into waterways, collapsing stream banks and defecating in the water is not good for our rivers. But the most serious freshwater health issue facing NZ’s waterways still involves cows but...

5 helpful vegetarian diet tips for meat-free newbies

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | May 8, 2016

Cutting back on red meat and dairy  can be one of the biggest steps to reduce your carbon footprint. While Greenpeace campaign for renewable energy and a transition from fossil fuels, we're also looking at other ways we can protect...

Too many holes in dam scheme

Blog entry by Gen Toop | June 24, 2016

Dodgy Ruataniwha Dam will destroy rivers and indebt farmers The Ruataniwha dam is one of the largest irrigation schemes planned in New Zealand.  If it goes ahead it will create more industrial dairy farms and pollute the rivers in...

Drought is real… but dams and irrigation are not the answer

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | July 26, 2016

There’s no question about it -  drought is causing serious problems for our farmers and communities. So what do we do about it? Dams and irrigation are often touted as the best way to deal with increasing dry spells,...

Havelock, water and Ruataniwha - it's time to join the dots

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | August 24, 2016

In the last two weeks, roughly 4500 adults and children have been struck down with a waterborne gastro illness found in Havelock North’s water supply. That’s a third of the town’s entire population. Most likely source? Ruminant...

Ruataniwha looks dead in the dirty water

Blog entry by Gen Toop | August 31, 2016

It’s been a tough few weeks for think-big irrigation and industrial agriculture. As a bit of background for those not familiar with plans for even more industrial dairying around New Zealand - the Government is throwing over ...

Is there a dirty big irrigation scheme planned near you?

Blog entry by Madeleine Smith | September 2, 2016

In the last two weeks, one third of people in Havelock North have fallen ill with a gastro illness that originated in the town’s water supply. The source? Most likely contamination from cows, sheep or deer. By all accounts the...

Ruataniwha dam down but not out… yet

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | September 9, 2016

The proposed Ruataniwha Dam is the poster child of Big Irrigation.   It stands as a symbol of the Government's agenda to prop up industrial dairying despite the fact that it’s poisoning our waterways and indebting farmers. ...

Here’s why we took the site office at the proposed Ruataniwha Dam for a 100km road trip

Blog entry by Genevieve Toop | September 13, 2016

Early this morning, we travelled to the proposed site of the Ruataniwha irrigation dam in Hawke’s Bay. With a small crane we uplifted the construction site office, put it on the back of a truck and drove it 100kms to Napier.  There we...

Let’s make it a green peace

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | September 21, 2016

Today (21 September), around the globe, we mark Peace Day knowing that for many, peace is nowhere to be found. Not today. And unless things change dramatically, not any time soon. 2015 saw the number of refugees and displaced people...

The Hawke’s Bay elections and the Ruataniwha Dam

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | October 10, 2016

“ It can be argued that voters in the Hawke's Bay Regional Council elections voted emphatically against the proposed Ruataniwha Dam .” So read the editorial in Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay Today. A 5-4 pro-dam majority on the old...

With friends like these....what’s an environment to do?

Blog entry by Kathy Cumming | September 29, 2016

The Department of Conservation describes itself as “the Government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural heritage”. Which is why New Zealanders are scratching their heads over the department’s decision to fight a...

Seeing is believing: Growing food for people, with people and with nature in Cuba

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | January 16, 2017

“Ojos hacen fe.” Those are the words of Lucy Martín, an inspiring Cuban researcher with Oxfam in Havana. She has lived through decades of change in Cuba, while remaining grounded in the reality of farmers there. She uses...

Neonicotinoids: A serious threat for flower-hopping life-bringers and many more animals

Blog entry by Anne Valette | January 16, 2017

At this point most people know about neonicotinoids and the serious risk they pose to honey bees. Bees are a link in a chain of biodiversity and pollination of incredible value to our food production. Up to 75% of our crops directly...

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