Articles by: April M Short

Our Bodies, Societies and Planet Are Inflamed for the Same Reasons

Our Bodies, Societies and Planet Are Inflamed for the Same Reasons

Activist, filmmaker and bestselling author Raj Patel was dressed as a genetically modified tomato when he met Rupa Marya, MD, more than a decade ago. They were at a protest organized against pesticide use, and Marya—who is a musician as well as a physician—was playing a show at the event with her world-touring band Rupa and the April Fishes. Patel says the two quickly[Read More…]

by 18/06/2022 Comments are Disabled Book Review
How Small Farms Are Reclaiming Culture in Palestine

How Small Farms Are Reclaiming Culture in Palestine

Palestinians are organizing CSA programs and small farms to become food sovereign and protect their culture against colonialism. Food sovereignty is an urgent issue in communities around the world, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic led to further disruptions in the already fragile global food supply chains. In Palestine, where traditional farming has been a way of life for millennia (and perhaps where farming began, according[Read More…]

by 25/05/2022 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
Societies Can Prevent Wars From Starting—and the Future of Humanity Requires Peace

Societies Can Prevent Wars From Starting—and the Future of Humanity Requires Peace

Experts in peace and conflict studies explain the scientific evidence that societies can choose peace, and that warfare is also a choice, not a necessity. Humanity’s future existence hinges on cooperation on a global scale. The greatest existential threats we face are worldwide problems that stem from the man-made climate disaster—and the massive decline in biodiversity, pollution, worsening storms, fires[Read More…]

by 16/04/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Why the U.S. Culture of Colonial Extraction Is Making People Sick and Destroying the Planet

Why the U.S. Culture of Colonial Extraction Is Making People Sick and Destroying the Planet

Rupa Marya, a physician and musician, studies how social structures impact health. She says colonial capitalism fractures the critical relationships that keep us healthy. A widespread culture of isolation and disconnection from our bodies, each other and the planet is negatively impacting the mental and physical health of people in America and beyond—and this was true long before the pandemic. Our relatively new human social structure that[Read More…]

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