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Ethically and morally, let’s all mutually agree that it’s now on record that the world is cage trapped with the current onset of the global food crisis. The urban wealthy may have cause to argue that this effect hasn’t been felt by each household, but the prices of food crops mainly cereals and grains all over the world have sky rocketed and surged drastically, triggered by the ever growing global demand side overtaking the supply side constraints in the major food production countries.
If you used the book, Where there is no Doctor, you may want to have a look at this new Hesperian manual
Review by Roland Bunch, author of "Two Ears of Corn."
Some writers would have us believe that poor communities and poor nations inevitably must pollute the environment and destroy forests if they are to achieve economic development efficiently. This myth tends to pit those who are worried about the environment against those who are worried about development. A new book from Hesperian Foundation, A Community Guide to Environmental Health, by Jeff Conant and Pam Fadem, dispels this myth.
by Annie Shattuck
The vultures of corporate America are closing in on the carcass of cheap food. With corn selling at $5.86 a bushel (up from just $2.00 in 2005, and $4.28 just six months ago), the food price crisis has been somewhat of a windfall for farmers. But the briefly glimmering hope for rural communities is about to go out.
Last week Monsanto announced it would increase the price of its corn seed by $100 a bag, or about 35%. $100 a bag! So if you are a farmer with 1,000 acres in corn, Monsanto will be demanding an extra forty grand this year.
10 Myths from the Mainstream Media About U.S. Farm Policy
1) Myth: Rich farmers get all the money from the Farm
Farmers bringing message of "Stop Corporate Control over Food" to the Food Crisis Summit in Rome were expelled
June 3, 2008
Watch the video here: http://wsftv.net
Farmer and civil society leaders carrying out a peaceful action today in
Rome, Italy at the FAO Summit on the Food Crisis were forcefully removed
from the premises. At around 1:30pm farmers and representatives of civil
society organizations staged an action at the press room to deliver a
message that millions of additional people are joining the ranks of the
hungry as the corporations that control the global food system are making
The 2008 U.S. Farm Bill is now official with the override of President Bush's veto.
Here's the official statement of the California Food and Justice Coalition, an organization that has worked tirelessly to improve quality and access to food for all Americans.
CFJC Statement on the Passing of the 2008 Farm Bill
National Security and Development: How Blocking the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement will Protect Colombians and the U.S.
By Natalie Danielle Camastra
by Miguel A. Altieri, University of California, Berkeley
Food prices are increasing by the day, countries are cutting trade in some basic grains, and food riots, marches, and protests are happening in countries around the world. Is agriculture at a crossroads? Are the world’s 1.5 billion hectares of farmlands sufficient to feed us, the animals we consume… and also produce agrofuels for our industrial way of life?
Recently adopted U.S. and the E.U. renewable energy standards are contributed to rapidly rising prices for both land and food. Concerns about
By Angie Rodriguez
On Thursday January 31st, thousands of people took the streets of Mexico City as part of the mobilization to demand the renegotiation of the agricultural chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In what was called March in Defense of Food Sovereignty, several labor unions, university students, teachers, civic organizations and members of the opposition parties, joined dozens of farmers organizations such as the National Confederation Of Farmers (CNC) and the National Union of Agricultural Workers to protest the elimination of trade barriers on corn imports.
Dow Jones Newswire ran a story on November 13th on the effort by the MST and Via Campesina to expel the Syngenta corporation from Brazil after the murder of MST/Via Campesina member Valmir Mota de Oliveira at its experimental farm in western Paraná state on October 21st. Mota was shot with two bullets in the chest at point blank range by one of Syngenta's hired security guards.
Senator Lugar of Indiana and Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey introduced the FRESH ACT. The ACT would end the billions of dollars going to corn, cotton, wheat, rice, soy and other big crops and replace it with a crop insurance program available to all farmers--including the 90% of California farmers who get NO money from the current
This Alert courtesy of OXFAM America:
More than 800 million people around the world face food shortages or malnutrition. The USA is massive donor of food aid, contributing more than one-half of all food aid to meet urgent demands and respond to emergencies.
I have just received this press release from Brazil. Its roughly translated English reveals its urgency (I received several others regarding the same event in Spanish and Portuguese). Food First is looking in to the incident.
Attack of Syngenta’s armed militia results in deaths and woundeds
We have been very busy at Food First and I have not had time to do this blog justice! Forgive me. To bring everyone up to speed, I am going to belatedly post accounts of the interesting and hopeful activities in which Food First has been involved.
Conference on the Green Revolution in Mozambique
Submitted by Laura Miller