By Katherine Lupo
As the organic and sustainable food movement expands, people are finally beginning to question where their food comes from, and many are not happy with what they find. The agricultural industry led by big international corporations like Monsanto, Cargill and DuPont is pushing small farmers off their land around the world. In the US this is especially true of minority farmers, with many of them losing their land.
New York Times Opinion, September 10, 2012
By Raj Patel, a fellow at Food First/the Institute for Food and Development Policy, is the author of "The Value of Nothing" and "Stuffed and Starved."
The countries worst hit by high food prices are food importers. Anything that can keep costs down will help feed the hungry. And the right kind of organic farming can help.
By Katherine Lupo
When the Green Revolution hit Eastern India, many rice farmers abandoned their local varieties in favor of “Roundup Ready” rice and chemically intensive agriculture methods. This abandonment led to a catastrophic loss in rice biodiversity in India, and around the world. Before the late 1960’s there were over 100,000 different types of rice grown in India, today, that number is only around 6,000.
Why is rice biodiversity important?
Initial Reflections on the Annals of Internal Medicine Paper “Are Organic Foods Safer and Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives? A Systematic Review”
September 4, 2012
By: Charles Benbrook, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Washington State University
In a comprehensive paper published in the September 4, 2012 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine (Smith-‐Spangler et al., Vol. 157, Number 5: pages 349–369), a Stanford University Medical School team surveys the global literature for evidence of differences between the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional foods.
[The attached pdf is Benbrook's initial reflections on this Stanford paper].
By Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director, Food First
Spanish version below.
I was invited to give a talk on Food Crises, Food Sovereignty and Rural Development at the IV International Congress on Rural Development in Villahermosa, capital of the torrid state of Tabasco, Mexico. Between the plenary presentations and work sessions what struck me was how much the idea of rural development has changed since the 1970s when I worked as a rural development volunteer in Mexico.
Basically, few people believe in Development anymore.
We Already Grow Enough Food for 10 Billion People … and Still Can't End
Eric Holt-Giménez a , Annie Shattuck b , Miguel Altieri b , Hans
Herren c & Steve Gliessman d
a Food First, Oakland, CA
b University of California, Berkeley, CA
c Millennium Institute, Washington, DC
d University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
(Rio de Janeiro, 14 June, 2012)
The People's Summit will bring together an expected 3000 people from around the world to mobilize to say NO to the commodification of life and nature at the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice and in Defense of the Commons.
By Lauren Anderson
The urban farming movement is gaining momentum. But for areas with limited or contaminated greenspace or a short growing season, aquaponics can be an alternative agricultural system. This new type of urban farm has popped up in underused and empty industrial spaces in a number of declining urban centers.