Posted: September 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm
Food Week of Action – Sunday Oct. 12 through Sunday Oct. 19 – includes World Food Day (October 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).
People in the U.S. and worldwide are taking back their food systems – fighting for their land and waterways, reclaiming vacant lots, teaching others how to grow food, and developing local distribution systems – while simultaneously creating jobs, providing fresh food, preserving the environment, building rural-urban connections, advocating for just policies, and revitalizing their communities. Local control of seeds—by farmers, gardeners and seed keeping groups—is crucial for food security and food sovereignty.
2014 Priority Actions
1) With Farmworkers! Solidarity begins with Boycotting Sakuma Berries! Support Familias Unidas por la Justicia in their struggle for a union contract. boycottsakumaberries.com
2) With Family Farmers! No more secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership and TAFTA and stop Fast Track legislation so family farmers and democracy are not hurt!
3) With Food Workers! Support the Fair Minimum Wage Act!
4) For Climate Justice! Global Climate Negotiations coming in 2014 & 2015. Learn about climate & food/farm connections and join with the movement to curb emissions and reduce fossil fuel use. Learn here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and take action here.
Other Actions and Activity Ideas
- Celebrate the Winners of the Food Sovereignty Prize! See foodsovereigntyprize.org for the winners, background and, if you can, attend the ceremony in Des Moines on the eve of World Food Day, October 15. Like www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyPrize.
- Watch and learn: Check out the 11 videos people made for the Real Food Media contest- http://vimeo.com/user13324578. Also do a search for food + justice on youtube.com and see what you find.
- Share your food story with a captioned photo, video or written social media post (e.g. YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), using the hashtag #myfoodstory via @e_alliance and @presbyhunger.
- Get your hands in the dirt: Plan a trip to your nearest farm to learn more about where your food comes from and the steps involved in getting what’s grown to your plate. Consider joining or starting a community garden. How to and other ideas here: bit.ly/phpfoodfaith
- Celebrate local foods and knowledge: Organize a community fair that showcases local food producers and shares the stories of farmers and people involved in food justice.
The Hands That Feed Us: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Across the Food Chain: The Presbyterian Hunger Program helped fund this new report by the Food Chain Workers Alliance. Based on nearly 700 surveys and interviews with workers and employers in food production, processing, distribution, retail and service, this well-illustrated report looks at wages and working conditions in this sector, which employs 20 million people in the U.S. — 1/6th of the nation’s workforce. The Food Week actions emerge from the reality of exploitation and hardships that our sisters and brothers in the food system suffer. Click here for a summary of the findings and to download the report for free. Also see the media coverage of this landmark report by NY Times, NPR, Grist.org, Mother Jones, Time, Huffington Post, Fox TV and more.
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance – Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-ecology: This draft discussion document presents the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s views and recommendations for Rio +20 on the need for further recognition of the full range of benefits of agro-ecological methods of food production and the support that is needed to use them on a wider scale.
What is the Right to Food?: The Right to Food says that all people are entitled to adequate food that is sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable. Learn about the history and current efforts to push for this critical human right on the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance website.
International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development: IAASTD Fact Sheet: The IAASTD, a major international scientific report, concludes that in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most effective and sustainable farming systems, and recommends a shift towards agro-ecology as a means of sustainably boosting food production and improving the situation of the poorest people and communities.
World Foodless Day YouTube Video (2008): World Food Day in 2008 (October 16) was a day without much or any food for about one billion people suffering in the midst of the global food crisis. So grassroots communities, peoples’ organizations and civil society groups observed the occasion as World Foodless Day, and carried out a “Day of Global Action” dedicated to people’s struggle for food sovereignty and their resolve to change the root problems of hunger.
View the events and submit yours below.
Tags: Food Justice, Food Sovereignty, Food Week, Hunger, Poverty
Posted: May 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Support the US Food Sovereignty Alliance!
Donate to the US Food Sovereignty Alliance!
Your gift will help ensure that all people have the right to healthy, culturally appropriate food, produced in an ecologically sound manner.
As a volunteer, member-based organization, you can be sure that your gift will be used where it is needed most. Donations will be used to support the Alliance’s Annual Assembly, to fund scholarships to ensure full participation in the Assembly, to plan and implement actions, events and campaigns emerging from the Alliance Teams, as well as to cover administrative support.
Equally important is your engagement in the Alliance. Consider organizational membership in the Alliance. Even if you are not a USFSA member, you can participate in the Alliance Teams, which you can learn about here.
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Posted: April 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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.Corporations & Policies, Defense of Mother Earth, Food Sovereignty
Posted: November 8, 2012 at 12:12 am
May 20 Deadline for Nominations
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”
The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize. Since 2009, the Food Sovereignty Prize has been awarded to an organization – rural or urban – that advances the cause of food sovereignty through education and direct, collective action. Prize winners must also have implemented programs and policies that prioritize the leadership of women, indigenous peoples, people of color, migrant workers and other food providers in the global food movement.
The 2013 Fifth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded by the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), a US-based collaboration of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and family farming and fishing organizations. The USFSA works to connect local and national struggles for food justice with the international movement for food sovereignty to uphold the right to food as a public good and basic human necessity.
Call for Nominations
To see the full Call for Nominations and submit a nomination, visit www.foodsovereigntyprize.org. (French and Spanish versions available.)
To see the past recipients of the Food Sovereignty Prize, visit www.foodsovereigntyprize.org/the-honorees/.
To learn more about Food Sovereignty, visit www.foodsovereigntyprize.org/about-fs/.
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