Kidapawan Massacre v. Climate Justice


On April 9th, 2016 Jeepney Cafe’s LAND IS LIFE program had two special guests on the show, Hessed Torres and Mildred German, both representatives of Migrante. Together we discussed the recent Kidapawan Massacre, by first providing a run down of the injustices and human rights violations being inflicted upon the unarmed North Cotobato farmers.  Hessed and Mildred then provided some insight to the root causes and the systematic failures leading up to the peaceful protest and ensuing violence.  And finally, we discussed  how we should move forward from here based on the demands of and cries of the North Cotobato farmers, peasant organizations in the Philippines, and other allies. To listen to the archived show, click on the link below and scroll till you find “Saturday Apr 9 17:00 2015″.


A Primer on COP Negotiations & Climate Justice


On December 12, 2015, Jeepney Cafe’s Land is Life discussed COP negotiations and the climate justice movement in light of the whirlwind of climate related activities occurring over the past several weeks. For many Filipinos, November marks the anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda and we recall the devastation in conversations with friends and family. Earlier in November, Obama canceled the Keystone Pipeline Project, and many folks on the front lines celebrated this victory, while remaining steadfast in blockading other pipeline routes, fracking operations, and more. And on November 29th, thousands of people gathered in downtown Vancouver to March for Climate Justice leading up to the COP21 Paris Talks, where Canada advocated for the Paris agreement to restrict planetary warming to just 1.5 Celsius warming (versus two degrees). There is so much going on! We’ve been flooded with articles, videos, and social media that share the latest updates on both COP21 and the climate justice movement. It has been a challenge to absorb and process everything. So if you’re one of many who are new to these discussions and/or are wondering what are the lingering contentions, the accomplishments, the failures, the next steps (especially following the COP21 Paris talks) — check out this show! We provided a primer and highlighted important points regarding the COP negotiations and climate justice. Hopefully you will feel more anchored and inspired to engage in this topic and more importantly, in the movement after listening. To listen to the archived show, click on the link below and scroll till you find “Saturday Dec 12 17:00 2015.”


Exploring Land Grabs on Indigenous People’s Day (Thanksgiving Day)

On Saturday, October 10th, Jeepney Cafe’s LAND IS LIFE program provided listeners with an overview of the nature, meaning, and occurrence of land grabs today. This show fell on Thanksgiving weekend, which for many of us is a time to gather with close friends and family and enjoy a wonderful meal together. But for many others, Thanksgiving is a time that commemorates the horrible atrocities that First Nations peoples have endured and continue to endure. From the stealing of land, pillaging of villages, and violent process of acculturation, Thanksgiving for them represents a very dark and sinister past for Canada. Unfortunately the atrocities endured by First Nations and many other communities continues to occur in their territories, in the Philippines, and throughout the world. In light of this reality, and in effort to empathize and exercise solidarity with the First Nations people, we spent the hour talking about land grabs occurring across the globe, and in the Philippines. To listen to the archived show, click on the link below and scroll till you find “Saturday Oct 10 17:00 2015″.


Golden Rice: Bringing a Superfood Down to Earth

Another great piece by Glenn Stone, navigating the GM debate and offering some much needed clarity over the potential of Golden Rice (or rather, the lack there of).


This is a slightly edited version of a blog on the website of Washington University’s Inst. for Public Health.

Few GM crops are discussed as much — and misunderstood as much — as “Golden Rice.”

time-goldenriceGolden Rice is modified to produce beta carotene in the endosperm, rather than only in the bran as in most rice. Beta carotene is a vitamin A precursor, and the hope was that this invention would mitigate Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD), which in extreme cases can cause blindness or death in malnourished children. After appearing on the cover as Time in 2000 as a rice that “could save a million kids a year,” Golden Rice has been a nearly ubiquitous talking point in GMO arguments. As a high-flying GM superfood, it is without peer.

But the battles over Golden Rice have been particularly heated even by the usual standards of GMO bombast. Critics see…

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Kalayaan, Karapatan sa Karagatan



On Saturday, July 11th, Jeepney Cafe’s LAND IS LIFE program played the audio of a short documentary that was released by President Benigno Aqunino on Philippine Independence Day. The film, titled “Kalayaan, Karapatan sa Karagatan” contains the seal of approval from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Philippines, and documents China’s current invasion of the Philippines. To watch the film, which I highly recommend, click here. The film itself is in Tagalog, but for those listeners who are not fluent Tagalog speakers we played the documentary in parts and provided brief overviews in English throughout the show. To listen to the archived show, click on the link below and scroll till you find “Saturday Jul 11 17:00 2015″.

China is invading the Philippines

This 2-part documentary spotlights the present day Chinese invasion of the Philippine Islands. The islands being occupied and/or threatened are located in the West Philippine Sea. The films capture China flexing its power and ability to act above international laws without consequence. China has claimed ownership over the West Philippine Sea without an adequate legal explanation, destroyed major coral reefs that were breeding grounds for fish and biodiversity hotspots, and continue to threaten the livelihoods and food security of West Philippine residents. These short documentaries are in Tagalog/Filipino. For english only speakers, I recommend watching this short news story if you’re interested in learning more.

The New Science of Sustainable Food Systems: Overcoming Barriers to Food Systems Reform

“The challenge is for science-policy initiatives to resist the narrowing of the analytical lens, and to overcome the fragmentation of food governance spaces. The approach of such initiatives should be systemic, and it should include an analysis of power relations and the political economy of food systems. In order to contribute to food systems reform, a critical mass of evidence must be gathered and transposed into policy recommendations. The voices of academic experts and social innovators will be all the more powerful for their ability to talk the same language, and to anchor themselves to common reference points and analytical toolkits. Furthermore, this emerging science of sustainable food systems must be informed by the knowledge of practitioners, and appropriated by those to whom it seeks to be useful.” Click here for the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems’ (IPES Food) executive summary and here for the full report.

(Note: bolded text is my emphasis)