Olivier De Schutter,UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food speaking about why we need to unite food movements
Order the book Food Movements Unite! Strategies to transform our food system.
By Katie Brimm
Watch out Chaucer, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Aristotle, here comes Mint, Pea, Squash, and Kale, the new members of your local library. Seed library that is. With more than 30 already underway in the US, six of which are right here in the Bay Area, these pockets of public access are making neighborhoods more resilient to environmental changes and the ever-looming corporate controlled food system.
What Are They?
DEC 5 2011
By Barry Estabrook, a former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine. He is the author of the recently released Tomatoland , a book about industrial tomato agriculture. He blogs at politicsoftheplate.com .
Given that current production systems leave nearly one billion people undernourished, the onus should be on the agribusiness industry to prove its model, not the other way around.
A powerful documentary about how peasant farmers and fisher people are building a new food system in Venezuela.
Urban gardening hero, Abu Talib with a chicken at the Taqwa Community Farm in Highbridge, Bronx, New York City.
by Esperanza Pallana and Nathan McClintock
Photo by Ira Block of National Geographic
As public interest in urban agriculture spreads rapidly across the country, city officials are attempting to amend outdated municipal codes to reflect this growing trend. In many cities, planners are updating zoning codes to reflect changing land uses and activities, including the production and sale of
agricultural products and the keeping of urban livestock such as chickens, geese, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits, and bees. Over 20 US cities (including
Food First executive director, Eric Holt-Giménez participated in this 2009 panel discussion along with Karl North - Northland Sheep Dairy,
Megan Gregory - Bread for the World
Jemila Sequeira and Marie Hall - Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Whole Community Project, and
Ohnmar Khiang - UN World Food Programme, Burma.
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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