December 11, 2017

The Wheel of Life

Food, Climate, Human Rights and the Economy

This new report by Debbie Barker examines how many of the major crises of our day are deeply interlinked, and yet are too often treated as if they are disconnected from one another by our policy makers. As a result, policies fail to tackle the root causes, and consequently global calamities can only continue to intensify.

See Edward Goldsmith’s related article “How to feed people under a regime of climate change”.


Three central themes in the report help to unravel the interrelated causes and effects of some of today’s foremost issues:

  • What are the critical links between climate change and food security?
  • How is the nexus of agriculture and climate change affecting food and water availability, livelihoods, migration and human rights?
  • What is the interplay between economic and finance systems, and these issues?

The Wheel proposes that lasting solutions to hunger and other major crises of our day must be guided by the fundamentals of ecology.

The report’s author, Debbie Barker, writes,

“Policies and practices must begin with the ecological imperative in order to ensure authentic security and stability on all fronts—food, water, livelihoods and jobs, climate, energy, and economic.”

The full report—released by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation—can be read here (pdf).

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