This June in Jakarta, Indonesia, over 400 farmers from 70 countries gathered at the 6th International Conference of La Vía Campesina to celebrate 20 years of struggle for food sovereignty. The representatives of this 200 million-strong international peasant movement hammered out a global call to action to bring an end to hunger, poverty, environmental destruction and social injustice...
2012 was the year that movements for food security, food justice and food sovereignty adjusted course. In the face of continuing food crises, peasants, pastoralists and fisherfolk of the Global South, and family farmers, urban gardeners, food and farm workers and responsible consumers of the Global North are coming together; converging in their diversity. The food movement is building global and community power and Food First is learning and working alongside the men and women who are actively transforming our food systems.
The world’s 1 billion smallholder farmers from low and middle-income countries—not governments or corporations—are the biggest investors in agriculture. Even though most of these producers are poor and invest an average of only $150 per year, they still invest four times more than governments and 50 times more than industry. Their $170 billion per year investments feed over half the world.
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Historic summit of food justice organizations held in Oakland, CA and
UC Berkeley launches first ever Food Labor Research Center.
GM Labeling Comes to California: The right to know versus the right to impose
By Oliver James
This November Californians vote on Proposition 37, "The right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," on whether to label food made with genetically modified ingredients.
More in attached pdf file.
Also articles on World Food Day versus Food Day: Why are there two?
and Sunsetting on the Community Food Security Coalition?
Battling the Octopus: Food and Land Struggles in Honduras
By Tanya Kerssen
I decided to get organized and fight, because of how hard it is to feed our children. There are very few people who enjoy all of the country’s wealth. So I joined the movement to fight for the land.
– Maribel García, Unified Campesino Movement of Aguán (MUCA), January 2012
Read the rest of this issue of News & Views in the attached pdf file.
Also in this issue of News & Views
A message from Eric Holt-Giménez on recent Food First activities.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Did you feel it? A seismic tremor shook our food system last year. Though low on the “Richter Scale” of social change, it opened deep cracks in the corporate food regime. People-driven projects for food justice, food democracy and food sovereignty flooded in, spreading hope and a vision of a world without hunger.
There was no one epicenter. Political protests from Tahrir Square to Wall Street, land occupations in Brazil, the steady spread of lush, urban gardens
Reclaiming our Food Culture, Rebuilding our Food System
By Tanya Kerssen
Food Workers for the Food Movement: ROC United
By Katie Brimm
Corporate Tyranny and the Fate of a Nation
By Michelle Rostampour
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News and Views Fall 2011
By Tanya Kerssen
This fall the US Food Movement has made its presence felt in Occupy Wall Street.
Voices from food justice organizations across the country are connecting the dots
between hunger, diet-related diseases and the unchecked power of Wall Street investors and corporations (See Tom Philppot’s excellent
article in Mother Jones).
This is very fertile ground.
Articles include: Greening the Food Deserts By Luis Lei and Annie Shattuck, The Violent Face of Land Grabs in Honduras: When Losing Hope is Not an Option by Leonor Hurtado, and News from the Oakland Food Policy Council, a project of Food First. This issue also announces our Book Release Party for Food Movements Unite! which also marks the 35th Anniversary of Food First.