Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. We believe all people have the right to healthy, culturally appropriate food, produced in an ecologically sound manner. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, we uphold the right to food as a basic human right and work to connect our local and national struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.
Posted: December 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm
The international Nyéléni newsletteraims to be the voice of the international movement for Food Sovereignty . Its main goal is to strengthen the grassroots voices of the movement by providing simple material on food sovereignty issues and creating a space – for individuals and organizations involved in the struggle – to exchange their experiences and share information.
Posted: September 17, 2013 at 10:47 am
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) Calls on Individuals and Organizations to Celebrate World Food Day and the Food Week of Action!
World Food Day – October 16, 2013
Food Week of Action – October 13-20, 2013
World Food Day reminds us that everyone has the right to be able to feed herself and her family. Yet our current systems are depriving nearly a billion people around the world (and in the U.S.) of the basic necessity and dignity of sufficient, culturally appropriate and healthy food.
So we must turn our unjust food and farming system upside-down and focus our energy, organizing and resources on rebuilding local food economies — everywhere! Therefore, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance joins with La Via Campesina, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and food sovereignty movements locally and globally to fight against multinational corporations responsible for privatizing seeds and for promoting chemical-dependent, industrial-scale forms of agriculture and fisheries that bankrupt, displace, and exploit fishers, farmers, farmworkers, and other food workers. At the same time, we celebrate and are mobilizing to establish a rainbow array of diverse and resilient communities and agro-ecological food production around the world.
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Posted: August 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Winners of the 5th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize—an alternative to the World Food Prize—announced today, Aug. 13, 2013, by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA).
This year’s Honorees are producing sustainable anti-hunger solutions around the world and stand in sharp contrast to this year’s World Food Prize winners, Monsanto and Syngenta. Food Sovereignty Prize winners are grassroots initiatives that are building solutions to poverty and hunger, and resisting the corporate control of food and trade systems.
Group of 4, Dessalines Brigade/Via Campesina, Haiti & South America
Basque Country Peasants’ Solidarity (EHNE), Basque Country
Coordination of Peasant Organizations (CNOP), Mali
Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective (TNWC), India
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance will honor these four inspiring groups at the Fifth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony on Oct 15, 2013, in NYC. Shirley Sherrod, former USDA regional director and long-time advocate for family farmers, will give the keynote address. Register by clicking here or on the graphic below!
Visit http://foodsovereigntyprize.org/ for updates and background.
Climate Justice Alliance Challenges “Greenwashing” in Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Puts Frontline Communities First
Posted: July 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm
The Climate Justice Alliance, of which the USFSA is a member, Releases Statement on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan
July 9th, 2013
We support President Obama’s efforts to implement a national Climate Action Plan that is comprehensive, achievable, and promotes a socially and environmentally just future for everyone. Communities on the frontlines of the impacts of climate change are all too aware of the urgency President Obama articulated in framing the Climate Action Plan. These communities are experienced and intimately knowledgeable about the causes of climate change because these causes have long been the source of community and environmental degradation. For this reason, we are also deeply concerned about some of the proposals set forth.
On the one hand, the Plan identifies energy efficiency and renewable energy as solutions for the future, yet it also announces the scaling up destructive energy sources, including substantial federal investment in “advanced fossil fuel technology” (a euphemism for coal), natural gas infrastructure, that includes hydraulic fracturing, agrofuels, and nuclear power – all in the name of “clean energy.” At the same time that it calls upon EPA’s regulatory authority, the Plan hinges on dangerous and ineffective practices, such as carbon markets and offsets, as an implementation strategy. While hinting at a possible rejection of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the Plan leaves the door open for the President to approve the pipeline based on the State Department’s deeply flawed Environmental Impact Statement for the project. And at the same time that it acknowledges the need to adapt to the various types of climate impacts that are already upon us, the Plan stops short of supporting the kind of community-based solutions that can develop true resilience. We are concerned that the Plan continues a deep reliance and commitment to corporate welfare and subjugation of the environment and communities to the demands of profit, free trade, and the commodification of nature.