National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council: committee on GE Crops

The National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council have formed a committee to head a study that “…will provide an independent, objective examination of what has been learned since the introduction of GE crops based on current evidence. The study will assess whether initial concerns and promises were realized and will investigate new concerns and recent claims.”

Public comment on the make-up of the committee is possible through August
5th.  Concerns have been raised that the committee lacks sufficient social
science perspective.  More info on the committee slate and their
qualifications, as well as the study, can be found at :

Seeking: Research Social Scientist at Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
Research Social Scientist

La Grande Range and Forestry Sciences Laboratory
1401 Gekeler Lane
La Grande, OR 97850
Wenatchee Forestry Sciences Laboratory
1133 N. Western Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

About the position: The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station is seeking to hire a Research Social Scientist with a duty station in either La Grande, Oregon or Wenatchee, Washington in the near future.  The full performance level of this Research Social Scientist is GS-101-12. A Ph.D. in one of the social science fields (e.g., anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, human dimensions of natural resources) is required.

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Position Availability in San Jose, CA

San José State University
Subject to Budgetary Approval
Applied-Cultural Anthropologist
Job Opening ID (JOID): 22965
Rank: Assistant Professor, tenure track

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Orgeon Food Bank seeking CRD

Oregon Food Bank is seeking a Community Resource Developer (CRD) to support communities with the implementation of self-generated solutions to increase food security. The CRD will provide technical assistance and collaborative leadership to engage local producers, citizens, government, business and other non-profit organizations in community organizing.
This position requires frequent travel outside of the Portland metro area and may be out-stationed.

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Petition on Central American Children

As scholars of Central America and migration, we have written the below statement to urge the Obama Administration to treat the unaccompanied child migrants at the border as refugees. Some of you saw it when it was circulated earlier. If you support the statement, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS Central American Children LINK AND THEN ADD YOUR SIGNATURE AND AFFILIATION at the end of the document: Our goal is to send the petition to President Obama and publicize it by July 22, 2014.

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Announcement for the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize The Political Ecology Society (PESO)

PESO announces the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper.  We seek papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology. Continue reading

Journal of Political Ecology – open access

The Journal of Political Ecology is a completely open access journal, with many excellent and helpful items.  We of course encourage you to use and cite the items in the journal, and submit your own work.

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Society and Mellon Fellowships

Agency: Cornell University Society for the Humanities
Description: Society Fellowships (10/1) of $45,000 support one year of residential postdoctoral research, writing, and teaching focusing on an annual theme. The theme  for 2015-16 is “Time.” Six to 8 awards will be made. Mellon Fellowships offer $25,500 in support for graduate students (11/1) and $45,000 per year for postdoctoral students (varying deadlines). Postdoctoral fellowships are available in multiple departments, most recently in Anthropology and Literature. 

Special Issue of JAFSCD – free throughout July

A special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development<> (JAFSCD) on Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives has just been completed and will be freely available – no subscription needed! – through the month of July.
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Training on the rights of peasants in Geneva 4th – 7th November

Tthree days training on the rights of peasants (4-6 November) + a one-day panel discussion on the right to food and conflicts over land uses (7 November) in Geneva.

You will find information about the training at:
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