The World Food Program described the global food crisis as a “silent tsunami” surging over an unaware populace, helpless in the face of massive destruction. The financial crisis—rapidly going global—now threatens to increase everyone’s vulnerability to hunger. The compound
effect of the twin crises seems overwhelming.
At the June 1-4, 2008 FAO Food Security Summit in Rome, representatives of 181 countries reaffirmed their commitment to food security goals from previous summits held in 1996 and "Five Years Later." Delegates voiced concern about the lack of progress toward the UN Millennium Development Goals. That's the good news.
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Food First's work falls under three program areas aimed at integrating Food Sovereignty across both rural and urban and spanning local, national and international arenas. Programs include:
--Assisting with the building of local agri-foods systems,
--Accompanying farmers forging food sovereignty,
--Supporting groups struggling to democratize development including land, resources and markets.
Food Sovereignty and Agroecology: Growing Movements for Constructive Resistance
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.” — Dr. Martin Luther King
As we witness the global assault on our food systems by corporate profiteers, it is easy to be overwhelmed. But at Food First, we believe Dr. King’s bold words still ring as clear today as they did 40 years ago. What “profit-centered” agrifoods corporations are busy tearing down—rural livelihoods, healthy diets, forests, soils, and water sources—“people-centered” movements for Agroecology and food sovereignty are building up.
Food, Fuel and Green Revolutions: The U.S. 2007 Farm Bill slogs forward
Immigration, the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill, and the Transformation of our Food and Fuel Systems
The current immigration legislation attempts to balance the fears of a post-9/11 electorate with the management of the largest single migration in the modern history of the Americas. At this writing, this bill focuses on symptoms rather than causes and faces strong opposition from all sides.
The Economist Attacks Ethical Consumption
A Dec. 7th article in The Economist entitled "Good food?" attacks organic food, fair trade and buying local with the sub-title, "If you think you can make the planet better by clever shopping, think again. You might make it worse." The arguments presented are provocative, but largely gratuitous.
30 Years of Fighting for the Right of All to Feed Themselves and Their Families