Articles and Op-Eds

Articles and essays written by Grassroots International staff, board, partners and allies which have appeared in Grassroots publications and in other print and online publications.

  • By Carol Schachet | June 26, 2015
    Palestinian water tanks vandalized by Israeli settlers in Hebron. (Photo: ISM Pa
    While Israelis water their lawns and swim in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinians a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst.California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to...
  • By Carol Schachet | May 27, 2015
    People who are concerned about climate disruption and hunger are talking more and more about agroecology, that is, using ecological, economic, cultural, and gender justice principles to inform agricultural practices and systems.  And those...
  • By Jovanna Garcia Soto | May 22, 2015
    Photo: AFP Aerial view of protest
    Outraged by a pervasive corruption scandal that implicates top government officials, tens of thousands of Guatemalans filled the streets of the capital for their fourth week to demand the resignation of President Perez Molina and Vice President...
  • By Shannon Duncan Bodwell | May 19, 2015
    Last fall, a delegation of Grassroots International supporters and staff had the privilege of planting and harvesting olives, and spending the night with some of the 350 farming families of Susya in the West Bank.
  • By Carol Schachet | March 30, 2015
    We share planet Earth with nearly 7.3 billion people. By 2050, there will be 9.6 billion of us, according to the United Nations. That’s a gain of one person every 15 seconds—or about 74 million more people each year—and each another mouth to feed....
  • By Carol Schachet | March 27, 2015
    In August, five young men showed up at Soul Fire Farm, a sustainable farm near Albany, New York, where I work as educator and food justice coordinator. It was the first day of a new restorative justice program, in partnership with the county’s...
  • Logo for Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity
    The following is an article on a recent event in New York City co-sponsored by United Methodist Women which brought women from around the globe to exchange information on women’s rights and the international evolution of women’s status.  The...
  • By Lydia Simas | March 6, 2015
    International Women’s Day (March 8) celebrates the power and struggle of women all over the world. There are so many stories of women’s strength, inspiration and bold leadership in the work of our partners and grantees. Eighty-eight percent of the...
  • By Shannon Duncan Bodwell | February 24, 2015
    Humanity cannot solve its problems with one hand effectively tied behind its back. Yet, given the state of women’s rights globally, this is metaphorically the case. One of the guiding principles of Grassroots International's work is the recognition...
  • By Jonathan Leaning | February 18, 2015
    GMO Corn - Corn cob being injected with syringe
    In yet another setback for the claims by Monsanto and other biotech giants that GMOs are safe, a group of 300 scientists and legal experts have recently found that there is no consensus on GMO safety, and that claims to the contrary are misleading....