The naturalization of motherhood as women’s function and destiny, as well as the naturalization of their bodies as territory to be conquered and controlled, should be rejected by all socialists who demand an ecosocialist, feminist world, free from the scars of capitalism. We cannot permit that a “biological” explanation of the inequality between men and women be used to keep the latter in a an inferior social, political and economic position to that of men.

The effects of the environmental crisis ravaging whole regions of the planet, fall most harshly on the peripheral countries, on the poorest people, and especially on women and children. Desertification, the loss of water resources, environmental disasters caused by climate change (tsunamis, earthquakes, prolonged periods of drought, floods and landslides) have a huge impact on their everyday lives.

When people are forced to leave the places where they live, most refugees and homeless are again women and children. Climate change is exacerbating poverty and accentuating inequalities, making women often resort to prostitution just to get food. The increase in diseases, with the reappearance of some that were already extinct or controlled (such as cholera and tuberculosis, etc.), also puts a burden on women, because the care of the sick still falls to them. The neo-Malthusian response to the climate crisis points to overpopulation in the world as the central cause of the climate crisis, and seeks therefore to restrict women’s right to control their bodies. This is a racist approach, because population growth is higher in the South. But it also diverts attention from the huge gulf that separates the wasteful consumption of the super-rich from the absolute poverty of the poorest sectors, and the vastly different impacts each have on Nature.

As part of our four-part investigation into labor practices at Mexican mega-farms, L.A. Times photojournalist Don Bartletti traveled across nine Mexican states, observing conditions and interviewing workers at some of the farms, which have powered the country’s agricultural export boom. Here are some of those laborers.

Read the third story in the series – on how company stores on the labor camps often put workers in debt – here. The final part will be published Sunday.

Watch: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago

Within the last 100 years, Europe has experienced two World Wars, the end of communism, the emergence of the European Union and a series of other transformative political and economic developments. A team of scientists has now been able to visualize the impact of historical events in maps that show the growth and decline of settlements, forests and croplands.

The map, shown above, is the result of a research project led by Dutch scholar Richard Fuchs from the University of Wageningen. Besides regional political and economic trends, Europe’s landscape was shaped by several larger developments of the 20th century, according to Fuchs.

The following maps preview some of the affected regions which we will explain and show in detail throughout this post.


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Agricultural sludge

Industrial farming—a chemically intensive food production process that results in high crop and livestock yields—has detrimental impacts on the environment. Herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and manure can all leech into the surrounding farmland, jeopardizing bee populations, river wildlife, and groundwater consumed by humans. In this image, waste from an agricultural farm was burned, imaged, and colored to analyze its chemical makeup. Recent research has revealed that growing crops with several plant varieties (instead of large, single crops called monocultures) can actually increase crop yields while decreasing the use of pesticides and fertilizer.

Image by Eberhardt Josué Friedrich Kernahan and Enrique Rodríguez Cañas.