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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
Report by Food First intern, Vishrut Arya. April 24, 2012
This past Sunday, April 22, Earth Day, about two hundred farmers, families, and activists gathered for a potluck at Ohlone Park in Berkeley to celebrate the Earth and food sovereignty.
The idea of Food sovereignty, promoted by the international small farmer movement, La Via Campesina is that communities have the right to control their own equitable and sustainable food systems, including access to land, fresh water, and seed.
By Anders Riel Muller
First published in Korean Quarterly, Winter 2012
My first time eating Korean-style food in Seoul was a disappointing experience. I went to a well-known barbecue place in the Hongdae neighborhood that many of my adoptee friends recommended. There was nothing wrong with the meat (Canadian not American as the waitress stressed), but there were only a couple panchan (side dishes) that were not very exciting. Perhaps, I thought, I had been spoiled during my other two visits to Korea, visiting my family and touring the East coast and Jeju Island.
Review by Tanya Kerssen, who was leading a Food First Food Sovereignty Tour in Bolivia when she wrote this blog review.
New film raises important questions for NGOs, researchers and activists.
March 9, 2012
Reported by Food First consultant, Tanya Kerssen, who is leading a Food Sovereignty Tour to Bolivia starting March 10, 2012
Nearly 15,000 families are affected by flooding in the Bolivian departments of Oruro and La Paz caused by intense rains. 340 families in Chipaya have lost 100% of their potato and quinoa crops and are sharing 12 canoes to get around the area and recover what they can. Because of the loss of forage, sheep are dying from eating their own wool.
The Bolivian government has declared a national emergency.
By Michelle Rostampour