Aaron Vansintjan

Aaron Vansintjan

Research, activism, journalism.

Mostly write about food, cities, gentrification, economics, and social movements. Edit @unevenearth

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social-ecology.org

Accelerationism... and Degrowth? The Left's Strange Bedfellows

the direct challenge never came. The accelerationists begrudged the enviros their grub-eating utopia while they ruminated on their own techno-fetishes.

entitleblog.org

Going beyond the “ecological turn” in the humanities

Talk about the Anthropocene often has a tendency to rely on apolitical and colonialist assumptions.

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notechmagazine.com

Garum: Fermented Fish Sauce for the Ancient Roman Masses

Fish sauce is widely seen as unique to Eastern cooking —distinctive of Thai, Vietnamese, or Phillipine cuisine. Less well known is the fact that it was one of the main condiments used by the ancient Romans, and that they had an extensive, low-tech trade network to produce it in large quantities. Making fish sauce also helped reduce food waste both in the food industry and for households.

unevenearth.org

Let's define Degrowth before we dismiss it

Diverse leftist commentators such as Samuel Farber, Paul Krugman, and Leigh Phillips are arguing that economic growth is necessary to protect existing and future well-being. But rarely do they define what they mean by economic growth.

notechmagazine.com

Water Johads: A Low-Tech Alternative to Mega-Dams in India

The revival of a low-tech tradition that is far more cost-effective than high-tech dams could ever be.

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unevenearth.org

The Anthropocene debate

Why is such a useful concept starting to fall apart?
Later reposted to entitleblog.org and Resilience.org

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truth-out

Guaranteed Basic Income Is Not a Panacea

To be successful, basic income would need to be complemented by a wide platform of diverse policies around consumption, environmental pollution, labor and immigration.

unevenearth.org

Should we force supermarkets to send food waste to charities?

A criticism of France's new law, and some alternative solutions

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ricochet.media

Arthur Porter is symptom of larger political disease | Ricochet

What the MUHC scandal in Quebec tells us about the whole system

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McGill Daily

The racism in healthy food

Stuff goes in, and if your body is working properly, less stuff comes out. If too much bad food goes in and you don’t exercise, you gain weight. If you eat good food and you do more exercise, you get healthier.

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McGill Daily

How gentrification destroyed food access in Hanoi, Vietnam

In all cases, gentrification should be understood as the concerted effort, by a coterie of businesspeople and government officials, to profit from communal wealth.

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ejolt.org

Food Banks: Canned Justice or Fuel For activism

How the food industry made waste ‘benevolent’

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McGill Daily

Eating organic and local food isn't enough

You might be worried about the food you eat. One thing you can do is buy organic food, or buy locally. So you go to the store and find some organic raspberries; they’re cheap and the plastic box says ‘Produit du Québec.’

But what does that actually mean?

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McGill Daily

The potential of food banks

In the long run, we need to shift from an economy predated on violence, dispossession, and over-extraction. To get there, some advocate degrowth or the solidarity economy, yet others prefer anarchism. Such economies wouldn’t be possible without places that provide essential resources to those most in need. I think some food banks – by offering those resources, helping to break isolation, and providing collective solutions to individualized problems – give a glimpse of the kinds of institutions we’d want in this new economy.

truth-out

In Our Society, Poor People Are Waste Disposal Units

In Our Society, Poor People Are Waste Disposal Unit...