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For Better & for Worse: International Agreements on Food

There are two major international agreements being negotiated at the moment, that the UK is part of: the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Both are wide ranging, and cover several important issues that you might want to take action on.  But here we’ll focus on the aspects that relate to […]

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Agroecology: What is it & Why support it?

Peace Hub is encouraging a shift in how we produce food: away from harmful Factory Farming towards Agroecology. But what on Earth is agroecology?  And why is it a good thing? Agroecology is a sustainable approach to food production looks at farming as part of the wider ecosystem and wider society.  Small-scale sustainable farms mean […]

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The Trouble with Factory Farming

Our Grub’s Up! theme is all about supporting a shift from Factory Farming to Agroecology – but what is Factory Farming, and why is it a problem? Factory farming is a system of growing food that prioritises getting maximum food from minimum land area.  That sounds like it’s just good business sense, until you look […]

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Compassion vs Scapegoating

We’ve recently recieved a circular email highlighting the low state pension, and laudibly calling for it to be raised, but sadly blaming the situation on refugees. It’s a timely example of the negative attitudes and misconceptions faced by asylum seekers and refugees.  People are understandably worried about pensioner poverty, just as they are about jobs, […]

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The floodgates are open…or are they?

In the second of his artcles looking at asylum & refugee issues, our volunteer Richard looks behind the headlines, to find the true facts & figures. “The last few years have seen major conflict and humanitarian crises take place across the world, from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to the Central African Republic and Darfur. As […]

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Asylum: We need to debate using facts, not fiction

Over the coming weeks Richard, one of our volunteers, will be uncovering the facts about asylum seekers & refugees.  Today he explores why it’s so important to understand what’s really going on: “Martin Luther King once said that “a great nation is a compassionate nation”.  A poll conducted by YouGov in June 2014 suggests the […]

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New Internationalist on the UK’s relaxed attitude to arms

An interesting article by  Edward Robinson was published on the New Internationalist blog last week, detailling how a recent parliamentary inquiry into Britain’s arms exports found that the criterion for embargoing arms has been relaxed in recent years. The nub of the matter is that, instead of the refusing an arms export licence where there […]

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