The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First analyzes the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and develops solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.
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In the spotlight
2012 was the year that movements for food security, food justice and food sovereignty adjusted course. In the face of continuing food crises, peasants, pastoralists and fisherfolk of the Global South, and family farmers, urban gardeners, food and farm workers and responsible consumers of the Global North are coming together; converging in their diversity. The food movement is building global and community power and Food First is learning and working alongside the men and women who are actively transforming our food systems.
According to a USDA 2013 report "around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas."
This intensive short course will be taught by:
Miguel A. Altieri, professor of Agroecology, UC Berkeley
Rene Zazueta, urban farmer, Berkeley
Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director at Food First
And other invited instructors.
The course is open to students, professionals and technicians of institutions and community members engaged in urban agriculture and local food security.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are implicated in Colony bee collapse. Yet, the report suggests no action.
Our government agencies seem to be hopelessly in the pockets of big ag/big pharma/big biotech while we (and the bees) suffer the consequences. Bees are essential to U.S. food production, all the way from big commercial farms to the smallest of hobby farms and homesteads.
Call for Nominations
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”