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As public interest in urban agriculture spreads rapidly across the country, city officials are attempting to amend outdated municipal codes to reflect this growing trend.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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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.