Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Published today (Wed 18th March 2015) in Independent Science News
Peasant Sovereignty? by Evaggelos Vallianatos.

Summary: Peasant and small-scale farming is increasingly being recognised as more productive, as more sustainable, and as democratically superior in comparison with most livelihoods and with most forms of agriculture. This recognition is being enhanced by the concept of "food sovereignty" and its increasing discussion in academic circles. Nevertheless, despite constructive developments such as a draft "UN Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas" there is still a long way to go before there is an appropriate understanding and accurate appreciation of the modern peasantry. 

Yours sincerely,


Jonathan Latham, PhD
Executive Director
The Bioscience Resource Project
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

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