Haiti’s Opposition Parties Draft a Manifesto
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Convention of Political Parties, headed by former senator Turneb Delpe, held a national conference of 30 political parties and civilian organizations in Cap Haitien on Monday and Tuesday October 15-16 to formulate solutions to Haiti’s current crises and counter the Martelly-Lamothe regime as a united front. Together the political parties and civilian organizations drafted The manifesto of Cap-Haitien. UPDATE: Full text of manifesto included in French and English.

Soaring Food Prices in Haiti

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By Ricardo Pierre Placide, Le Matin | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Over the past several months, Haitian households have faced an unprecedented 40% increase on average in the prices of essential commodities such as eggs, rice, sugar, and flour. (English | French).

Help Haiti’s Farmers, End Rice Subsidies

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By Jacob Kushner, Global Post | U.S. Farm Bill 2012, Develop Trade Law | Environmental Working Group | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. U.S. Farm Bill 2012 could reverse a decades-long policy of agricultural subsidies that has undercut Haiti’s local rice production. Call for an end to all U.S. rice subsidies.

Lessons from the Indigenous on Promoting Plant Biodiversity

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By Jan Salick, Missouri Botanical Garden | Staff, e! Science News. The Yanesha of the upper Peruvian Amazon and Tibetans of the Himalayas are different peoples who live in dissimilar environments, but mountains are considered to be sacred by both cultures, and they excel in promoting plant biodiversity for their shelters, clothing, medicines, and foods. In the case of cassava (Manihot esculenta) alone, for example, the Yanesha grow over 200 varieties.

The Giving Moringa Tree

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By Kristin Palitza, IPS | Informações de Envolverde | Holistic Health | You Tube | Haiti Chery. Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that produces leaves full of nutrients and medicines, and pods full of protein. The seeds can purify water and furnish cooking oil, and the flowers are decorative and medicinal. Moringa already grows in most of the South where it is often called Malunggai. In Haiti, it is called Benzolivier. Includes a recipe and a water-purification procedure. (English | Portuguese)

Industrial Park Threatens Precious Caracol Bay Ecosystem

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By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 7 of 7. “It wasn’t possible to anticipate the presence of the complex and precious ecosystem of the Caracol Bay before we conducted this environmental evaluation.” – Impact study by U.S. Koios team. The bay, which is home to mangrove forests and the country’s longest uninterrupted coral reef, is the subject of intense international study and part of several plans for a regional park. (English | French)

Cranes Overstay Their Welcome as Weather Grows Warmer

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By Julio Godoy, IPS | Tierramérica. Common cranes normally migrated in September from their spring and summer habitat in Europe to spend the autumn and winter in northern Africa. But climate change is altering their natural migratory patterns, sparking conflicts between farmers and environmentalists. (English | Spanish)

Carbon Credits in the ‘Valley of Death’

By Jeremy Kryt, In These Times. The U.N. is endorsing two biogas plants at African-palm plantations in Honduras’ fertile Aguan Valley and ignoring its own report that biofuel production is a leading cause of food shortages worldwide. As farmers try to resist the theft of their lands, the Honduran homicide rate rises. It is currently 82 per 100,000: the highest in the world.

No Birds Sing in Monoculture “Forests”

By Inés Acosta, IPS. Artificial single-species forests are expanding fast in countries of the developing South, fueled by low production costs and incentives from governments, and causing severe social and environmental impacts.

The Oil We Eat: Following the Food Chain Back to Iraq

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By Richard Manning, Harper’s. The total amount of plant mass created by Earth per year, i.e. the total yearly budget for life, is called the planet’s primary productivity. We humans — a single species among millions — consume about 40 percent of Earth’s primary productivity: 40 percent of all there is. We, six billion, have simply stolen the food: the rich among us a lot more than the rest. (English | Portuguese)