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Peasant seeds, and seed diversity are at the root of food sovereignty
As countless farmers, farmworkers, urban growers, and consumers across the globe celebrated the International Day of Action for Food Sovereignty in October, an overwhelming number are celebrating seeds as pillar for food sovereignty. After all, according to ETC Group, 80-90% of seeds are sourced outside of commercial markets, that is to say through peasant seed systems, and farm-saved seeds.
November 20, 2013
Read the original in the Financial Times.
While hunger is timeless, the concept of food security is less than 40 years old. Its changing definition shows it is a product of its time – but also suggests why that time may soon be up.
Half a dozen countries have adopted policies for “food sovereignty” – an idea spawned by farmers but rapidly attracting attention beyond the fields. To understand why, history helps.
By Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director, Food First
November 21, 2013
TPP chief negotiators are meeting in Salt Lake City, USA, on November 19th-24th. Then from December 7th-9th TPP meetings will be held in Singapore. An agreement could be reached by December 31, 2013.
After the agreement is signed by the negotiators, most countries require ratification by another branch of government. In the US, Congress will have to ratify the TPP treaty. President Obama is pushing to ‘fast track’ ratification which would allow Congress to only vote yes or no with no extended debate about the details of the agreement.
South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.
By Christine Ahn and Anders Riel Muller, November 8, 2013.
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