Released by the Institute for Food and Development Policy, June 19, 2012
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Agnes Walton and Mariagiulia Mariani
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First
Huffington Post Blog, May 8, 2012
"Here, we are learning democracy through farming... by taking back a public good that our public university wants to privatize," said a volunteer at the information booth for "Occupy the Farm," the current protest at the University of California's five-acre Gill Tract research station.
What is debt? In this cinematic philosophical inquiry inspired by Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, several disparate notions of payback are explored and interwoven, from the “ecological debt” human beings owe to the planet to the “psychic debt” inherent in notions of revenge. Those expecting a straightforward documentary, with facts and figures, about economic debt crises or the inequities of the IMF should look elsewhere. Payback is a meditative, thoughtful exercise that’s far subtler.
By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Challapata Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012with
Read the original article in Time Magazine at http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2110890-1,00.html
Review by Tanya Kerssen, who was leading a Food First Food Sovereignty Tour in Bolivia when she wrote this blog review.
New film raises important questions for NGOs, researchers and activists.
February 27, 2012
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Judge Sides With Monsanto: Ridicules Farmers' Right to Grow Food Without Fear, Contamination and Economic Harm
Analysis by Olivier De Schutter
New Europe Online - JANUARY 25, 2012
The World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos is normally little more than a toast to the benefits of increasing global GDP, trade and investment. But this year’s meeting came at an unusual time: global economic expansion no longer appears guaranteed, and the uneven benefits of past growth are sparking mass social unrest.
By Christopher M. Bacon, Kaelin Holland and Eric S. George
Cartoon copyright by John Klossner 2011. Originally from Small Farmer big change.
Keith Ludlum is president of UFCW Local 1208. As new migrants, the Veracruzanos were desperate and hungry. Most were undocumented. According to Keith Ludlum, one of the plant’s few white workers, “After Smithfield ran through the workforce around here, you started seeing a lot more immigrants working in the plant. The company thought the undocumented would work cheap, work hard, and they wouldn’t complain.”
By David Bacon - The Nation Magazine, January 23, 2012
This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation. Some names of the people profiled in this article have been changed.