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Celebrating International Day of Farmers’ Struggles

Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

seedreport

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance launches its Seed Report on the International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds. La Via Campesina, the largest social movement in the world, designated April 17 as a day to celebrate and support the struggles of farmers, rural people and their allies for justice and self-determination.

Read more and download the report here

New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns

Posted: April 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to present A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seeds Practices across the US in celebration of La Via Campesina’s International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds – April 17.

The report is based on surveys of seed savers and seed advocates from around the United States. It documents who saves seeds, as well as why, where and which ones. Responses reveal that many growers save and share seeds to produce healthy food, preserve their cultural heritage, and to defy efforts by transnational agribusinesses to privately patent and monopolize control of seeds.

The report is especially pertinent during 2014, the International Year of Family Farming, as designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Based on the surveys and the Call to Action of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, the report provides individual, community, national and international action recommendations aimed at defending seeds from privatization and preserving them for the common good.

The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance presents this report in solidarity with La Via Campesina in its global efforts to defend food and seed sovereignty.

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Research and Publications

Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Crisis

From Food Rebellions to Food Sovereignty: Urgent call to fix a broken food system

By Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Executive Director of Food
First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. The real causes of the 2008 and 2011 food price crises were numerous, but the fact that our global agricultural system is dominated by corporations, free trade, and speculation was neglected by most media outlets.

Harvesting Money – The Global Land Grab

By Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.The food and financial crises of 2008 ignited a massive round of “land grabbing” in the Global South, with foreign agribusinesses leasing and buying large tracts of land to produce both food and fuel crops for export.

The World Food Crisis: What’s behind it and What we can do about it

By Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Executive Director of Food
First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.

 

Agroecology

Can Sustainable Agriculture Feed the World?

Sustainable Agriculture CAN feed the world, and it can protect the planet and end hunger and poverty.

Agroecology and the Right to Food

“The report therefore calls States for a fundamental shift towards agro-ecology as a way for countries to feed themselves while addressing climate and poverty challenges.”

 

Food

Declaration of Nyeleni

“We, more than 500 representatives from more than 80 countries, of organizations of peasants/family farmers, artisanal fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, landless peoples, rural workers, migrants, pastoralists, forest communities, women, youth, consumers and environmental and urban movements have gathered together in the village of Nyéléni in Sélingué, Mali to strengthen a global movement for …”

Food Sovereignty Booklet

An accessible description of what food sovereignty is, who is affected, and why it is more important than ever. From the National Family Farm Coalition and Grassroots International.

Food for Thought and Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum

Our global food system is terribly broken. Together, we can fix it! In the Curriculum you will find modules, factsheets, and other materials to learn about food sovereignty from the perspectives of consumers, anti-hunger organizations, environmentalists, and Small Farmers and farmworkers.

 

Theological

The Daily Bread

Short reflection on food sovereignty by Werner Fuchs, Lutheran pastor and translator, member of the CONSEA (National Council for Food Security of Brazil).

Turning the Tables: People First

One-page reflection on food sovereignty by Roberto Malvezzi, Pastoral Land Commission (Brazil).

 

Corporate Control

“Foodopoly”

Watch the trailer to Foodopoly, the film and book from Wenonah Hauter of Food and Water Watch.

The Urban and Northern Face of Global Land Grabs

Taken from a presentation at the International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First and Annie Shattuck and Yi Wang explain how land grabs are affecting urban areas in the Global North, in addition to the rural land grabs in the Global South. This shared, universal threat requires immediate action and global solidarity

Grabbing the Food Deserts: Large-scale land acquisitions and the expansion of retail monopolies

Eric Holt-Gimenez, Annie Shattuck, and Yi Wang explain how food retail corporations are behind the urban and northern land grab in this Food First backgrounder.

 

Anti-Racism

The Color of Food

From The Applied Research Center, “The Color of Food” reveals that racism and exploitation that exist in our food system and suggests ways to transform our food system into a vehicle of justice.

Youth and Food Justice: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

“Youth and Food Justice: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement,” by Anim Steel Food First Backgrounder, 2010.

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