An ingenious agroforestry farming system, which combines trees, shrubs and crops is practiced throughout Ethiopia’s lush southern highlands.Photo: Olivier Bourguet/Alamy

The sheltering forest

Tesfa-Alem Tekle travels to meet the Ethiopian farmers whose unique agroforestry system has kept hunger at bay for millennia.

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NI 529 - The biodiversity emergency - January, 2021
Industrializing pathogens? Cattle pictured in a feedlot in South Africa.Photo: Martin Harvey/Getty Images

Planet Farm

As industrial agriculture encroaches into the last wild places of the Earth, it’s unleashing dangerous pathogens. Time to heal the metabolic rift between ecology and economy, suggests Rob Wallace.

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NI 529 - The biodiversity emergency - January, 2021
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The hidden polluters

Agricultural air pollution seems to be a tough nut to crack. Amy Hall explores the air-pollution problem down on the farm.

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NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020
A trader blitzes up a fruit smoothie on Khao San Road, Bangkok – a vibrant street market that is threatened by gentrification.Photo: Parkerphotography / Alamy

Thailand: Fry another day

Peter Yeung reports on the politics of street food in Bangkok - an informal industry currently under threat from the forces of gentrification.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
Unsaleable fruit at the wholesale food market of Rungis, Paris, gets sorted so that what is still usable can go to food banks.Photo: Martin BUREAU/AFP/Getty

When it is illegal to waste food

By supermarkets, that is. Timothy Baster and Isabelle Merminod on the progress of a much-lauded French law.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Better off? Forestry companies took fertile lands  but gave little in return in the way of opportunity.Photo: Pascal Vossen

What the land grabbers did next

In 2013, New Internationalist travelled to Mozambique to meet communities pushing back against expanding forestry plantations. Five years on, Nils Adler finds foreign companies have yet to deliver on promises to local farmers.

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NI 510 - Black Lives Matter - March, 2018
Bleeding veggie burger

Bleeding veggie burger

Meat without ‘murder’ might seem a worthy goal, but even if most vegans did want to eat a convincing replica of the real thing, is it safe? Yohann Koshy reports on a new vegan food product from Silicon Valley.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Aerial drone and combine harvester in a version of the new pastoral in a French wheat field.Photo: incamerastock/Alamy

Automating the farm

Self-driving tractors and the internet of cows – welcome to the world of precision agriculture. Jim Thomas lays out the vision driving corporate giants into a merger frenzy.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Indigenous people, set to be robbed of their land rights, took their protest to Brasilia – to be rebuffed by armed forces.Photo: Gregg Newton / Reuters

Grand land theft

Vanessa Baird writes on how agribusiness has mounted a coup against rural Brazilians.

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NI 506 - Brazil's soft coup - October, 2017
Community members working in the La Columna community garden, Merida, Venezuela.Photo by Tamara Pearson

In Venezuela's difficult times the grassroots are stronger

The time has come for rural communities to play an important role in the country, reports Tamara Pearson.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Semantically engineered crops

Semantically engineered crops

Louise Sales reports on word games in the GMO industry.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
Women of the Nicolás Bravo community demonstrate their methods of selecting corn plants for seeds during an agroecology training course, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo: Nils McCune

'Because the river told me'

Peasant farmers resisting the violence of agribusiness. By Nils McCune.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
A cleaner cup of tea

A cleaner cup of tea

Sabita Banerji on improving tea workers' lives.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016
Vlas Guadamuz swapped cane-cutting for coffin-making when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. He is now kept busy by near daily deaths in his community in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.Photo: Ed Kashi/VII

What is killing sugarcane cutters?

Workers in in Central America face an epidemic of a chronic kidney disease, new research reveals.

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NI 487 - Paris climate summit - November, 2015
The People vs Monsanto (and other GM giants)

The People vs Monsanto (and other GM giants)

Around the world people are mobilizing against biotech bullies.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015

Action! What can I do?

The following organizations give advice and informa­tion, and campaign on GM, food safety and sovereignty.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015
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The farmer’s friend

Are farmers benefitting from growing GM crops, as Monsanto claims? Dionne Bunsha investigates.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015
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Is Monsanto on the side of science?

Claire Robinson looks at what has happened to scientists who dare to say GM foods are not safe.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015
On 23 May protesters worldwide will be taking to the streets to ‘March Against Monsanto!’ They accuse the biotech giant of both poisoning and controlling the food supply.Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Total control

Monsanto has a mission. But where will it lead the rest of us? Vanessa Baird begins this month's investigation into one of the world's most powerful and hated corporations.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
The biodiversity emergency January, 2021
The biodiversity emergency January, 2021
The fight for clean air May, 2020
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
Black Lives Matter March, 2018
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Brazil's soft coup October, 2017
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
Paris climate summit November, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
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