By Georges F. Félix
Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology (SOCLA) - Puerto Rico Chapter.
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By Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas
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Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas.
In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food security. This has resulted in the industrialisation and laboratory research-led intensification of agricultural systems, inputs and food-supply chains.
By Eric Holt-Giménez
Over twenty years ago, over a cup of very strong, sweet and freshly roasted coffee, a wizened campesino farmer from Nicaragua tried to explain his theory of social change to me.
“Our movement is the change,” he said.
I countered that the movement was a means to change, and pushed him to give me his vision of the change the movement was fighting for. He shook his head impatiently, “No, no!” he insisted, “You don’t get it!”
This is an introduction to the June 2013 workshop held at University of California at Berkeley and various sites in the East Bay.
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May 15, 2013
Over a hundred years ago, my family lost their coffee farm in Puerto Rico when Hurricane San Ciriaco destroyed the crop and the bank refused an extension on our production loan. On the heels of the U.S. military occupation, it was a land grab (like the ones tearing up the continent today) and it eventually drove my young grandmother to immigrate to New York City. She was part of a large, painful agrarian transition that transformed Puerto Rico—an island of rich soil, abundant water and a 12-month growing season—into a food-dependent nation.
Deciding how America will nourish itself and sustain its farms would seem a top policy priority— yet as the US Farm Bill demonstrates, sustainably grown, healthy food and livable incomes for farmers and workers remain an afterthought in a process controlled almost entirely by agribusiness and a handful of farm-state legislators. Despite strong public opinion supporting local food, farmer’s markets, organic agriculture, food workers’ rights and access to fresh produce, agribusiness and commodity interests continue to dominate food and farming policy.