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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.
By a vote of 15-5, the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee finally approved the 2013 Agricultural Reform Food and Jobs Act otherwise known as the farm bill. It will go to Congress for a vote as early as next week. After months of extensions and some breathtaking backdoor dealing, it's time to ask: What are we -- and our rapidly eroding farmlands -- getting out of the bargains being cut between a handful of legislators and the powerful agribusiness lobby?