Today April 18 across Europe thousands and thousands of people are taking actions against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and US, that could have major implications for our food standards if completed.
IN 2050, 95% of Ireland current carbon emissions will have to be cut. All things going well, this means all homes and business will be insulated to Passive House standard to reduce energy use, any excess will be 100% renewable energy – wind, solar or tidal owned by communities and co-ops. Town and country planning will have improved to allow quick, safe and clean transport to and from work rather than scattered countryside houses. Work will include clean-tech, renewable energy, Climate Smart agriculture/agroecology and co-operatives. Natural resources will be owned in common and disease and carbon intensive farming will become local, clean and devolved to the expertise and control of today’s farmers – working in partnership with their environment. 2050 then will be the culmination of a wholescale transition to a post-carbon economy. At a mere 61 years of age I will have lived through the Great Industrial Revolution – or indeed, its reversal. Things going wrong, I might live in a securitised state where EU navy boats patrol the shores to cut off refugees fleeing scorched or sinking states. Privatised water resources are poisoned as the land is bored and bled for natural gas.