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By Scott Lensing
Yesterday, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs heard from a panel of seven experts on the State Department’s new program to fight global hunger, the “Feed the Future” initiative. Originally released in May of this year, the Feed the Future Guide presents plans for bringing greater food security to countries in the Global South, with $3.5 billion dollars in funding over the next three years. Despite a number of laudable goals, several congressional representatives and panelists voiced concerns about misguided focus.
Originally published on the Huffington Post
by Eric Holt-Gimenez, Annie Shattuck and Zoe Brent
Par Eric Holt-Giménez
Directeur exécutif, l'Institut pour l'Alimentation et la Politique de Développement (Food First), version anglaise publié par Huffington Post, 23 mai, 2010:
Photo by vredeseilanden, Creative Commons
Last week in Dearborn, Michigan the Restaurant Opportunities Center told Andiamo's Restaurant in no uncertain terms what they thought of the company. Andiamo's is being sued by its staff for over $125,000 in unpaid (stolen) wages. Thanks to ROC and the Food Chain Workers Alliance for the great video!
By Cait Van Damm
I’ll admit, I miss breaking the law. Not so long ago at a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley that will go unnamed, I used to fill up half-gallon mason jars of raw milk for a whopping $1.50. The milk was incredible; hours from the source, it was smooth, ultra-creamy, and everything a dairy connoisseur hopes and dreams about. Ah, memories.
Farmers were out in force in Madison, Wisconsin last week demanding an end to anti-competitive practices in the dairy industry. The Department of Justice held it's third "listening session" on corporate concentration in agriculture, this time focusing on the beleaguered dairy industry.
By Jennifer Kampe and Eric Holt-Gimenez
By Annie Shattuck and Scott Lensing
The J. Craig Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced the successful construction of the first self-replicating synthetic organism on May 21, 2010. What might this mean?
By Richard Jonasse, Food First
By Beverly Bell of Other Worlds are Possible
May 17, 2010
“A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation’s presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day.
Social movements, farmers organizations, indigenous people, civil society and government representatives from over 70 countries gathered today for the the World People's Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
By Alexandria Fisher
Until the 1970s the US seed market was relatively unconcentrated, but during the last 40 years, the seed industry has shifted from a competitive sector, composed primarily of small, family-owned firms, to an industry dominated by a small number of transnational corporations. Today the seed industry is dominated globally by Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers March in Lakeland, FL to Publix headquarters demanding 1 penny more/lb for picking tomatoes sold at Publix
This march was documented by Food First's executive director, Eric Holt-Giménez. April 18, 2010.
By Alexandria Fisher
“The low hanging fruit of the green revolution has already been harvested, so the challenges we have now are substantially larger,” – Uma Lele former Senior Advisor to the World Bank