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By Eric Holt-Giménez, PhD, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
Why do certain people and ideas suddenly capture the limelight while others go unnoticed? Others seem never to go away... The recent ascent of environmental writer Mark Lynas to prominence in the debate on genetically modified crops (GMOs) is a lesson in the power of myths.
Neoliberal environmentalist Mark Lynas recently gave a talk at the Oxford Farming Association in which he apologized for once militating against GMOs. Now, after having discovered "science" he has decided we need GMOs to feed the world.
By Jennifer Johns, Artist in Residence at Food First
Last week I performed and hosted the first annual Chop It Up event presented by Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut based food justice organization that works to support farmers markets in low income communities across the United States. IT WAS AWESOME!!! Lots of amazing food and talent. This event attracted the usual and not so usual food justice folks to eat, dance and laugh all in the name of healthier communities. I had a BLAST!
By Oliver James
Monsanto World’s Definition:
“Proprietary information,” n.
1. Something we publicly identify in order to charge royalties, then hide from the public in order to keep our market.
This November, Californians will vote on Proposition 37, “The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” on whether or not to label food made with genetically modified ingredients. While not the first (this year’s Connecticut labeling initiative got squashed by Agribusiness) the CA initiative will undoubtedly be the most contested yet.
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First
Huffington Post Blog, May 8, 2012
"Here, we are learning democracy through farming... by taking back a public good that our public university wants to privatize," said a volunteer at the information booth for "Occupy the Farm," the current protest at the University of California's five-acre Gill Tract research station.
Yvette Cabrera and Agnes Bridge Walton