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vandana shiva’s response to the new yorker

Yes! vandana

SEEDS OF TRUTH – A RESPONSE TO THE NEW YORKER
by Dr. Vandana Shiva
(A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker)

I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for The New York Times and Bureau Chief in New York for the Washington Post, and clearly is an experienced reporter, would submit such a misleading piece. Or why The New Yorker would allow it to be published as honest reporting, with so many fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality. ‘Seeds of Doubt’ contains many lies and inaccuracies that range from the mundane (we never met in a café but in the lobby of my hotel where I had just arrived from India to attend a High Level Round Table for the post 2015 SDGs of the UN) to grave fallacies that affect people’s lives. The piece has now become fodder for the social media supporting the Biotech Industry. Could it be that rather than serious journalism, the article was intended as a means to strengthen the biotechnology industry’s push to ‘engage consumers’? Although creative license is part of the art of writing, Michael Specter cleverly takes it to another level, by assuming a very clear position without spelling it out.

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farm hack in England!

Practical Farm Ideas
This is our 90th issue, and features another 45 innovations to add the the total 4,200 “Made it Myself” farming ideas since 1992. With a growing readership – 12,000 farmers are currently reading each issue – farmers hang on to each issue as it’s published. Too good to throw away.

    Nuffield tractor still in daily use  Easy way to catch cow for calving 
Grass aerator, Hydraulic tip low loader; Fan cooled gearbox; Easy cow control; Ultra low ground pressure
Practical Farm Ideas has always been in front of the curve – grass aerators in 1992; front mounted equipment like buckrakes, cultivators, presses in 1993; biogas in 2006; cover cropping 2012. 

- See more at: http://www.farmideas.co.uk/#sthash.BjZhK8kZ.dpuf


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farm commons wants to hear from you

Are you a farmer with a good experience drafting a document? Or, have you worked with or helped a farmer through a positive document drafting experience? 
 
We need stories of those who’ve developed a useful legal document firsthand- either on their own or with guidance. 
We are interested in many different legal documents farmers craft and sign: Leases, operating agreements, partnership agreements, land contracts, sales contracts, CSA membership documents, promissory notes… 

If so, I would love to talk with you. Please send an email or call: Rachel@farmcommons.org or 608 616 5319. We will be using these stories to develop farmer profiles for print guides and short videos on farm law basics. If we do a full interview (a couple hours in length), compensation will be provided. 


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pink collar is the new green collar in nyc farms

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Are women more willing to nurture their communities (and also their beet greens)? Are men preoccupied with techie farm toys like aquaponics? Is gender the reason the radio at the Queens Farm washing station is always stuck on Beyoncé and Alicia Keys? More significant, if urban ag work comes to be seen as women’s work, what will that mean for the movement’s farming model, mission and pay? Check out the article “Mother Nature’s Daughters” in the New York Times.

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