During the first segment today, Molly Stentz interviewed Julie Obudzinslu from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition about the Senate Farm Bill. Today, the Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act by a vote of 64-35. Julie discussed the improvements outlined in the bill and the impact the bill may have on Sustainable Agriculture. In the second half of the show, Molly interviewed Professor Patrick Bond from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa about the recent Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Bond wrote an article entitled: “The Green Economy is the Environmentalism of the Rich,” which states: “Perhaps a few environmentally decent projects may get needed subsidies as a result of the G20 and Rio talkshops, and we’ll hear of ‘sustainable development goals’ to replace the fatuous UN Millennium Development Goals in 2015. But the overarching danger is renewed official faith in market mechanisms. No surprise, following the logic of two South African precedents: the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (Rio+10) and last December’s Durban COP17 climate summit. There, the chance to begin urgent environmental planning to reverse ecosystem destruction was lost, sabotaged by big- and medium-governments’ negotiators acting on behalf of their countries’ polluting and privatizing corporations.”
The Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development took place from June 20-22 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
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