Comments Presented at the Welcoming Event, September 1, 2011
I bring you greetings from all of the ancestors, our African ancestors, our Ohlone-Chicano-mestizo ancestors, the original people who lived all around the Bay, living off the land, stewards of the land. From those ancestors, Greetings, and Welcome.
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.
By Amelia Moore
At Food First we’re always looking for innovative ideas to solving food security problems both at home in the US and abroad. We ask ourselves, what is the solution to America’s food deserts, where 23.5 million people are living over a mile away from the nearest supermarket or large grocery store? In Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico, the answer is simple: bring the food to them.
By Jessica Goerzen
Emerging out of a yearning for community and creative production, food swapping is erupting in communities across North America. Often organized on social media sites such as twitter and facebook, food swaps are creating “village marketplaces.” At a food swap homemade goods of similar value are swapped. For example, one participant might bring homemade canned peaches and swap for another’s jar of raw honey. Food swaps are sometimes silent auction, and other times allow for more interaction and discussion between swappers.
This article originally appeared in La Via Campesina South Asia on May 31, 2011
The grabbing of farm land by the Indian state for private entities has led to massive protests by farmers and other groups across the country. Various political parties have also jumped onto the bandwagon for political gains.
The main problem at the moment is an outdated colonial act from 1894 called the Land Acquisition Act which permits the state to acquire [read grab] land from landholders by giving only a notice for 'public purpose'.