By Anim Steel
Food Workers - Food Justice: Linking food, labor and immigrant rights
By Kristen Lyons, PhD, School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Griffith University, Queensland Australia
By Annie Shattuck
“Climate Justice means stripping transnational corporations of the tremendous power they hold over
our lives, and in its place building democracy at the local, national and international levels.”
The food and financial crises bring fresh urgency to concerns over hunger, food access, public health, labor, and economic development issues–with citizens and governments beginning to connect these issues back to the food system. Councils are springing up across North America to “connect the dots” between the growing number of neighborhood food initiatives and communities forging policies for just, healthy food systems. What can we learn from North America’s three-decade experiment in local food policy?
By Don Lotter, Ph.D.
"It is beginning to dawn on biologists that they may have got it [genetics] wrong. Not completely wrong, but wrong enough to be embarrassing.... For, suddenly, cells seem to be full of RNA doing who-knows-what."
--The Economist, "RNA: Really New Advances," June 14, 2007.
This backgrounder is based on a longer report by Mia MacDonald and Sangamithra Lyer published by Brighter Green.
Read that report here:
By Jason Cons and Kasia Paprocki of the Goldin Institute
Winter 2008 -- Volume 14 -- Number 4
Food First Backgrounder Vol. 14 #3: The Food Crisis Comes Home: Empty food banks, rising costs--symtoms of a hungrier nation
By Heidi Conner, Juliana Mandell, Meera Velu and Annie Shattuck
The food crisis is worsening. The UN World Food Program predicts a jump in the number of hungry people in the world from 860 million to more than one billion people—one of every six people in the world. Retail prices of food in the U.S. increased four percent last year, driven by a combination of speculation, high oil prices, agrofuel consumption, a weak dollar, climatic
By Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Molly Anderson, and Ivette Perfecto
On April 7, 2008, as the media headlines focused on falling grain reserves, soaring food prices, and food riots, representatives from 61 nations met in Johannesburg, South Africa to adopt a UN Report that proposed urgently needed solutions to the global food system's systemic problems.