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Malik Yakini, is one of Food First's newest board members.
The palm oil magnates are growing ever more trees for use in biofuels and carbon trading. But what happens to the subsistence farmers who live on the lucrative land?
Editor's note regarding the reference to clean energy in the title of this story, agrofuels like palm oil biodiesel are anything but "clean." This refined oil is an additive to power our oil-based industries and vehicles. Additionally, Honduras is not yet a palm oil biodiesel exporter, nor does the U.S. recognize palm oil biodiesel as a renewable fuel. Rather, Honduran palm oil is primarily exported as edible oil and additives for processed foods. For more background, see the Food First book Grabbing Power.
Ten qualities of family farming
By Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Farming Matters | 29.4 | December 2013
Even in the International Year of Family Farming there is confusion about family farming. What is it, and what distinguishes it from entrepreneurial farming or family agribusiness? The confusion tends to be highest in places where the modernisation of agriculture has led society further away from farming. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg takes us into the world of family farming, which he says is considered to be “both archaic and anarchic, and attractive and seductive”.
What is family farming?
20 Years of NAFTA-has this trade agreement lived up to it's promise to improve lives in the U.S., Cananda and Mexico?
In 1992 Food First Books published the now out of print book, Trading Freedom: How Free Trade Affects Our Lives, Work, and Environment, by John Cavanagh, John Gershman, Karen Baker, and Gretchen Helmke. This was followed in 1994 by the Food First book, Basta! Land and the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas, by George Collier with Elizabeth Lowery Quaratiello which is now in its third edition.
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