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Court rules in favor of farmworkers - Sakuma Berry Farms must remove security from farmworkers' housing area
By Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community, member of the Food First Board of Trustees
Today Familias Unidas por la Justicia and individual plaintiff Felimon Pineda won a significant court victory when Skagit County Superior Court Judge John M. Meyer ordered Sakuma Brothers Berry Farms to remove security guards from their housing.
By Miguel Urioste F. de C.*
This article is an excerpt from Food First's Land & Sovereignty Series. Click here to download the full report.
By Jean Pierre Bitchoka
By Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas
Read the original publication on SciDevNet
Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas.
In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food security. This has resulted in the industrialisation and laboratory research-led intensification of agricultural systems, inputs and food-supply chains.
By Eric Holt-Giménez
Over twenty years ago, over a cup of very strong, sweet and freshly roasted coffee, a wizened campesino farmer from Nicaragua tried to explain his theory of social change to me.
“Our movement is the change,” he said.
I countered that the movement was a means to change, and pushed him to give me his vision of the change the movement was fighting for. He shook his head impatiently, “No, no!” he insisted, “You don’t get it!”
6th August 2013 - International environmental and human rights campaigners condemn the 4th Latin American Palm Oil Conference to be held by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Honduras on 6th-8th August
“Changing Contexts, Consistent Principles”: A Conversation with Former Food First Director Walden Bello
Interviewed by Leah Scrivener
Walden Bello became an analyst at Food First in 1987 and later served as Executive Director from 1990 to 1994. He then went on to found the Bangkok-based NGO Focus on the Global South and today is a Congressman in the Philippines’ House of Representatives. He spoke with us about his history at Food First and his groundbreaking work in the Asia-Pacific region as a scholar, activist and policy-maker.
Food First: How did you first get involved with Food First, and what was the focus of your work?
By Leah Scrivener and Eric Holt-Giménez
Photo Credit: SEIU / Flickr / Creative Commons
Photo Credit: Greenpeace
By Jean Pierre Bitchoka
Photo credit: OUR Walmart
By Carly Finkle
Gretchen Lee Salter, Senior Program and Policy Manager, Breast Cancer Fund, June 13, 2012
Read the Huffington Post Editorial including comments
By Tiffany Tsang
Occupy the Farm (OTF), an assembly of activists from the San Francisco Bay Area, is raising its voice against unsustainable development, reclaiming a piece of land in Albany known as the "Gill Tract" that is slated for commercial development. The Gill Tract, previously dedicated to sustainable agricultural research, has become an important battleground in the struggle for land and food sovereignty in the Bay Area.
By Eric Holt-Giménez, PhD., Executive Director, June 20, 2013
This year my wife, Leonor Hurtado, taught herself how to make short videos for Food First that we have been posting on our website and linking to our facebook page. Last week I was invited by La Via Campesina to participate as one of 80 allies at their 20th anniversary and 6th international conference in Jakarta.