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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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Defense of Mother Earth

Posted: April 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm


Indigenous Environmental Network Marches for Climate Change

Members of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) took the lead at the Forward on Climate march of 35,000 people in DC, protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and asking for limits on carbon pollution and investment in renewable energies. While in DC, five indigenous and First Nation women of the Women’s Earth Climate Caucus delivered a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from IEN, Climate Justice Alignment and others calling for stronger action on climate change.

IEN is a member of the US Alliance and Simone Senogles co-chairs the Work Team with Sara Mersha of Grassroots International.

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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.”

 

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 …”

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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Call to Action

Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Call to Action

The following Call to Action is adapted from the Call to Action to End the Crisis issued by the US Working Group on the Crisis in 2008 and endorsed by several thousand organizations and individuals. It is included here as a springboard for future action of the Alliance, with the understanding that it will evolve to reflect new ideas, voices, and perspectives as the Alliance develops.

We call on people across the United States to use our political power and actions to fight poverty by rebuilding local food economies, and specifically for food system changes that:

1) Stabilize prices for farmers and consumers locally, nationally and globally by:

  • Ending rampant financial speculation in food;
  • Establishing and strengthening publicly-owned domestic, regional, and international strategic food reserves;
  • Suspending international trade and investments in industrial-scale biofuels (a.k.a. agrofuels);
  • Transforming corporate-oriented food aid;
  • Ensuring fair prices to farmers, fishers, pastoralists and other food providers;
  • Establishing equitable regional and global trade arrangements that enable countries, communities, and all farmers, fishers, pastoralists and other food providers to meet food and livelihood needs.

2) Balance power in the food system by:

  • Reducing the political influence of agrifood corporations on public policy, e.g., by strengthening antitrust enforcement on those corporations and reducing their unregulated market power;
  • Convening multi-stakeholder, representative food policy councils at state and local levels.

3) Make agriculture environmentally sustainable by:

  • Supporting family farms’ transition to agroecological practices through incentives, purchasing and procurement;
  • Halting expansion of government-supported agrofuels (biofuels) and transgenic programs, mandates, and tax incentives and other subsidies
  • Directing state and national farm policy, R&D, education and investment toward agroecological farming and sustainable food businesses.

4) Guarantee the right to healthy food by building local and regional food systems and fostering social, ecological and economic justice by:

  • Calling on the US to join the community of nations to support the human right to food;
  • Supporting domestic food production and independent, community-based food cooperatives and businesses in the United States and around the world;
  • Establishing living wages, so that everyone can afford healthy food;
  • Implementing full workers’ rights for farm workers and other food system workers;
  • Implementing agrarian reform that takes land out of the hands of large corporations and puts it in the hands of communities for local food production.
  • Strengthening the social safety net for low-income people across the US;
  • Creating a solidarity economy that puts people before corporate profit in the US and around the world.

Through food , the Earth can feed all living things.

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