The focus of this G8 Summit is 'sustainable agriculture' and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa, which is supposed to build on the L'Aquila agreements that promised strong investments in Africa's agriculture. Here is the White House Fact Sheet: G-8 Action on Food Security and Nutrition.
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CCTV asks Eric Holt-Giménez Executive Director, Food First "Why are People Marching Against Monsanto?"
On May 25, 2013 Marches Against Monsanto were held in 436 cities in 52 countries around the world. While 60 countries have already banned or require labeling of products containing Monsanto's genetically modified organisms (high-fructose corn syrup being the leading and most pervasive ingredient in processed foods), the U.S requires no labeling. The only way to know that your food does not contain GMOs is to buy organic, grow it yourself or know your farmer.
Watch this three-minutes video clip by Miguel Altieri, agroecology professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
Tunis 2013: If we rely on corporate seed, we lose food sovereignty
Via Campesina - March 31, 2013
It has become crucial to defend seeds. In the past 20 or 30 years, what was once seen as normal – peasant farmers growing, selecting, saving and exchanging seeds – has come under attack from corporations seeking to control and commodify the very basis of agriculture.
This was the subject of the session at the World Social Forum in Tunis on Peasant Seeds jointly organized on March 28, 2013 by La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and the ETC Group.