By Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Agriculture is at a crossroads. For almost 40 years neither the private sector nor governments have invested in agricultural research. In recent years, agrifood companies have increased direct and vertical capital investment to lower costs and ensure the long-term viability of supplies. The global food price crisis of 2007-2008 is now pushing governments to act.
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The Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement of ANAP in Cuba: social process methodology in the construction of sustainable peasant agriculture and food sovereignty
Agroecology has played a key role in helping Cuba survive the crisis caused by the collapse of the socialist bloc in Europe and the tightening of the US trade embargo. Cuban peasants have been able to boost food production without scarce and expensive imported agricultural chemicals by first substituting more ecological inputs for the no longer available imports, and then by making a transition to more agroecologically integrated and diverse farming systems.
The agroecological revolution in Latin America: rescuing nature, ensuring food sovereignty and empowering peasants
This Journal of Peasant Studies paper provides an overview of what we call 'agroecological revolution' in Latin America. As the expansion of agroexports and biofuels continues unfolding in Latin America and warming the planet, the concepts of food sovereignty and agroecology-based agricultural production gain increasing attention.
By Slow Films & The People Who Feed Us | June 13, 2011
Today the U.S. House of Representatives is considering its agriculture spending bill for fiscal year 2012. EWG Action Fund has been working hard to oppose the bill's misguided spending cuts and to support healthy food and local and regional food systems. But we need your voice to help us make the difference. Votes on key amendments can happen any minute. Call your representative now! We have included directions and sample language below to make calling quicker and easier.
National Black Agriculture Awareness Week “Creating Opportunities for: Awareness, Education, Outreach, and Volunteerism around Black Agriculture”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL (June 6, 2011) Healthy Solutions, Black Agriculture, Southeastern African American Organic Network (SAAFON), and community stakeholders will host advocacy events, programs, and services nationally to “Create opportunities for: Awareness, Education, Outreach, and Volunteerism around Black Agriculture” for the first ever National Black Agriculture Awareness Week during the week of July 10- 16, 2011.