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.
Originally published by http://www.globalagriculture.org/rio-20/rio-20-and-the-iaastd.html#c2818.... Food First is one of the participants in this Rio+20 statement.
By Jeff Conant, AlterNet, May 11, 2012
Read the original on AlterNet.
Albany CA – When University of California Police arrived at the Occupied Gill Tract yesterday morning at 6 a.m. and began barricading the gates, with some two dozen members of the Gill Tract Farmers Collective inside, word spread quickly that Occupy the Farm was being raided.
How did the Farmers react?
By planting tomatoes.
May 2, 2012, Huffington Post Blog by Eric Holt-Giménez
A new a study* from McGill University and the University of Minnesota published in the journal Nature compared organic and conventional yields from 66 studies and over 300 trials. Researchers found that on average, conventional systems out-yielded organic farms by 25%—mostly for grains, and depending on conditions.
Report by Food First intern, Vishrut Arya. April 24, 2012
This past Sunday, April 22, Earth Day, about two hundred farmers, families, and activists gathered for a potluck at Ohlone Park in Berkeley to celebrate the Earth and food sovereignty.
The idea of Food sovereignty, promoted by the international small farmer movement, La Via Campesina is that communities have the right to control their own equitable and sustainable food systems, including access to land, fresh water, and seed.