In the midst of a raging famine in the Horn of Africa and continuing reports about worldwide land grabbing, the United Nations Committee on Food Security (CFS) High level Panel of Experts (HLPE) has released a new report on the global land grab. Food First Fellow Jun Borras (ISS, The Hague) is one of the co-authors of the report, together with Camilla Toulmin (IIED, London ), Sergio Sauer ( U. of Brasilia, Brazil), Esther Mwangi (CIFOR, Indonesia ), and Prem Bindraban ( Wageningen University , Netherlands ).
The Obama Administration is hoping to move the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement forward as soon as this July. If you believe that human rights should NOT be sacrificed on the altar of free trade, we need your help to make sure the free trade agreement does not pass!
Please join Witness for Peace and our allies at an urgent demonstration in Washington, D.C. on July 11th.
Where: Lafayette Park (right in front of the White House)
When: 12 pm (noon) on Monday, July 11
20 June 2011
Editorial by Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on
the Right to Food*
BRUSSELS, 20 June 2011 - On the eve of the G20 Agriculture Summit on
June 22-23 in Paris, there is no doubt as to the urgency of adopting
an ambitious plan of action. France has a decisive role to play with
the other major economies of the planet: together, they must advance
the priorities aimed at moving the food system out of its current
For it is indeed an impasse that we are facing. Starting from the
by Josep Maria Antentas & Esther Vivas
There is no doubt about it. The wind that has electrified the Arab world in recent months, the spirit of the repeated protests in Greece or the student struggles in Britain and Italy, the mobilizations against Sarkozy in France... has come to the Spanish State.
Please consider writing a letter of support (below) for an important bill to remove excessive speculation from commodity markets.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
contains some key derivatives reforms that will help restore sanity to
commodity markets, but it doesn't go far enough to rein in the problem of
massive institutional speculation in commodities, especially through
By Eric Holt-Giménez
Huffington Post - February 7, 2011
Read the original here
Onward Corporate Soldiers! Colonizing the poor for their own good
From food to housing to the financial system, speculation has played a role in creating a bubble economy and raising food prices. What is the difference between investment and speculation? What is difference between the speculative economy and the "real" economy? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar on KALW Radio.
Eric Holt-Giménez, the executive director of Food First/ Institute for Food and Development Policy
William Black, an associate professor of Economics and Law at the Univ. of Missouri in Kansas City
January 25, 2011
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Huffington Post
In his January 10 New York Times blog spot "Beyond the Eternal Food Fight," Andrew Revkin appeals to whom he considers to be the Alpha and Omega of food and disaster experts, Lester Brown and Vaclav Smil. He asks whether the current food prices spikes are "the edge of the cliff of just another bump in a long, climbing road?"