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Food and Agriculture

As the actual environmental and economic costs of the industrial agricultural system become more evident, we are seeing many new campaigns to regain control over what we eat—food safety initiatives, local food movements, fights against genetically modified food and destructive trade policies, and the Slow Food movement.

Celebrating All We Share Three Times a Day

March 23, 2012 | by Jay Walljasper

5 ways that food is a commons

How to Grow a Healthy Local Food System

December 16, 2011 | by Julie Ristau

OTC brings a commons framework to developing the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

Celebrating All We Share Three Times a Day

March 23, 2012 | By Jay Walljasper

5 ways that food is a commons

How to Grow a Healthy Local Food System

December 16, 2011 | By Julie Ristau

OTC brings a commons framework to developing the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

How Aid Projects Can Do More Good Over the Long Term

June 23, 2011 | By Daniel Moss

Development agencies love to cut the ribbon on new projects, but is that what's best?

Who Owns the Land?

November 1, 2009 | By Robert Karp

Although privately owned, farm land must be treated as a commons

Why Do I Work So Hard?

March 27, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

Two starkly different visions of life's meaning from a pair of car ads

The View from Africa on Elinor Ostrom

December 16, 2013 | By Korir Sing'Oei

Her research validates the value of traditional cooperative land management

How One Farmer Protects His Land from Fracking

October 20, 2013 | By Caitlin Kawaguchi

Stephen Cleghorn enacts a Rights of Nature easement on his Pennsylvania farm

Foodopoly

June 9, 2013 | By Jay Walljasper

Our dysfunctional, corporate dominated food system threatens our health and the planet

The Real Tragedy

April 30, 2013 | By Jonathan Rowe

Ecological ruin stems from what happens to--not what is caused by--the commons

Land Grabs Spread Throughout Developing World

March 10, 2013 | By Sophia Murphy

Hunger and Human Rights abuses threaten fragile rural communities

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