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Fruit Walls: Urban Farming in the 1600s

By: 
Kris de Decker

We are being told to eat local and seasonal food, either because other crops have been tranported over long distances, or because they are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses. But it wasn't always like that. From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and vegetables as far north as England and the Netherlands, using only renewable energy.

With Some Tar Sands Oil Selling at a Loss, Why is Production Still Rising?

By: 
Phil McKenna

Canadian oil producers can’t address the downturn by slowing production without huge losses, so they now sell at a loss economically and for the climate.

Guatemalan Indigenous Communities Resist Mega Cement Factory Despite Military Occupation

By: 
Jeff Abbott

“No to this military and police encampment,” someone hastily scrawled in large white letters on the back of a sign welcoming visitors to the Kaqchikel community of Santa Fe Ocaña, a community in the municipality of San Juan Sacatepéquez, and one of the 12 communities in resistance to the construction of a mega-cement factory. The sign stood next to one of the many command tents of the Guatemalan National Civilian Police at the height of the state of exception and sums up the general feeling of the residents in this small hamlet, about an hour and a half from Guatemala City.

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