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Michelle Obama is taking a personal interest in improving the quality of food we eat. In a March 10, 2009 New York Times story, Michelle Obama is seen serving food at a food kitchen. As she served up risotto and steamed broccoli she said “You know, we want to make sure our guests here and across the nation are eating nutritious items.”
By Annie Shattuck and Marilyn Borchardt
After decades of decline in the number of farms in the U.S – seeds of hope are sprouting. The newest USDA census shows that we have four percent more farms than in 2002. www.agcensus.usda.gov/
This increase includes micro-farms that sell less than $1,000 per year, perhaps feeding the grower with excess sold locally. This census confirms observations of recent years that more food is being produced locally.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4
General Assembly of the United Nations, December 10, 1948
By Eric Holt-Giménez
On December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the full text of which appears here
Following this historic act, the UN Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
The Latest Land Grab – American Businessman Seals a Deal with Sudanese Warlord for Nearly 1 Million Acres
Philippe Heilberg and his private investment firm, Jarch Capital have finalized the largest private land deal in Africa to date. Heilberg has laid claim to 400,000 hectares, (nearly a million acres) of fertile farmland bordering the Nile River in Sudan. In northern Sudan, where land rights are murky at best and the authority of the state is crumbling, the deal hinges on the power of a local warlord whose son's company had laid claim to the land.
by Eric Holt-Gimenez, PhD. and Annie Shattuck
Burger King’s newest ad campaign, a pseudo-scientific documentary featuring the world's last “hamburger virgins” as they compare the taste of Big Macs to Whoppers, has drawn media fire—perhaps because the whole idea is so silly, embarrassingly extravagant, and blandly devious. For readers who haven't seen the ad, it features villagers in Northern Thailand, Greenland and Romania graciously receiving their first taste of that icon of American food—the hamburger.
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
by Annie Shattuck
Land grabs in Africa are on the rise as foreign companies consolidate territory for both agrofuels development and export-oriented agriculture. Nations with a lack of arable land are turning to land investment in Africa to supply agricultural goods. Angola has offered farmland to foreign companies to stimulate investment, and Ethiopia's prime minister has said he is eager to see foreign companies take a stake in the nation's agriculture. Recent examples include:
On November 4th, a groundswell of enthusiasm and goodwill opened a door toward a brighter future for our nation and the world. President-elect Barack Obama put it succinctly in his acceptance speech when he said, "This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change."
This Action Alert is
a cooperative effort of the STOP GE Trees Campaign and its
affiiliated groups: http://www.nogetrees.org.
COMMENTS NEEDED BY NOVEMBER 3 TO STOP GE PAPAYA IN FLORIDA!
Help stop the commercial planting of genetically engineered
Florida and the mainland US -- the first
major cultivated GE tree on
The US Department of Agriculture is accepting public
By Annie Shattuck and Amanda El-Khoury
Institute for Food and Development Policy
By Walden Bello*
For many, the Wall Street crisis is a replay, though on a much larger
scale, of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, which brought down the red- hot "tiger economies" of the East. The shocking absence of Wall Street
regulation brings back awful memories of the elimination of capital
controls by East Asian governments, which were under pressure from the
International Monetary Fund and the US Treasury Department. That move
triggered a tsunami of speculative capital onto Asian markets that
By Ellen Parry Tyler
By Annie Shattuck