Farmlands, or agricultural landscapes, captures the interest of a number of researchers based at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. On this blog we share information about research findings, activities, events and comments related to our work.
Our interest in farmlands has three roots: farming, landscape and society.
Farming as a practice, including farmers knowledge and labour investments
Landscape as society-nature relations, congealed history, and as space and place
Society as a short form for institutions, gender relations, political economy and scientific relevance
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Engaruka on the Guardian: GMOs VS small scale farming?
While farmers in Engaruka during interviews never mentioned that they are "are squarely in the middle of a global ideological war over agricultural technology", it is true that almost every year they get food rescue from the government. The food they produce is never enough to sustain themselves during a whole year. They harvest maize twice a year and beans just once a year in September, but crops can be easily impacted by droughts and wind erosion.
Finally, the article is a wake up call. While small holder farming shouldn´t be romanticized, it is true that there is a real risk that GMOs end up in the hands of farming corporations with serious social impacts, as in India.