November 20, 2013
Read the original in the Financial Times.
While hunger is timeless, the concept of food security is less than 40 years old. Its changing definition shows it is a product of its time – but also suggests why that time may soon be up.
Half a dozen countries have adopted policies for “food sovereignty” – an idea spawned by farmers but rapidly attracting attention beyond the fields. To understand why, history helps.
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By Mehroz Baig
Huffington Post, Aug. 21, 2013
There are many discussions about race and demographics-how race factors into crime and incarceration, for example, or race as a factor in employment and unemployment. However, one subject that may not obviously be tied to race is food and access to healthy food.
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D., Food First/U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance
The Progessive Magazine, August 18, 2013
Read the original Progessive article here.
By Mark Bittman, New York Times, June 25, 2013
Read the original blog here to see the hyperlinks.
By VIJAY PRASHAD
CORPORATE farming is at its apogee in the United States. Small farmers, once the backbone of U.S. agriculture, find their livelihoods increasingly dependent on large companies. A handful of companies control the farm inputs and markets in the U.S.. For example, 10 firms control almost 90 per cent of the agrochemical market, a small number of firms control the pork-processing industry and two firms (Cargill and Continental) dominate the grain market.
By ANDREW POLLACK, New York Times, June 19, 2013
"Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First, a food policy research organization in Oakland, Calif., said the World Food Prize’s “growing obsession” with biotechnology “ignores the documented successes” of nonindustrial methods of farming."
In his submission to biotechnology reporter Andrew Pollack Eric used "agroecology" which is not the same as "nonindustrial."
Here is Eric's full statement which Eric submitted to the New York Times:
What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.
by Steve Holt, TakePart
If you traverse the South American nation of Bolivia, from the heights of the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Jungle to the urban streets of Santa Cruz, you'll never once find a Big Mac or a McNugget. They don't exist there-and haven't for about a decade. McDonald's couldn't survive in the mountainous country, so in 2002 the global fast-food chain closed its last store.
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
The accelerating loss of biodiversity poses a "fundamental threat" to the "survival of humankind," warned the head of the United Nations new biodiversity body, as he also sounded the alarm on the declining biodiversity on farms.