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Right to land and seed

Jürgen Kraus and Heiko Thiele | 15 December 2014 | food sovereignty, actions

“Food sovereignty” is the main political demand of the landless and peasant movement in Bangladesh in times of climate change and intensifying land conflicts. The peasant movement fights for a revolutionary land reform and self-determined food production, in order to improve and guarantee the local and national food supply.

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There’s little doubt that the use of palm oil is expanding rapidly throughout the world, and with it the need for millions of hectares of land to grow oil palm trees. The results can be devastating for local communities who depend on the agriculture and forests that these lands support, which led the international NGO GRAIN to catalog the issues that arise with oil palm expansion in a report titled “Planet Palm Oil.

 

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A street vendor in India would need to work for a staggering 350 million years to amass the same amount of wealth as the supermarket's owners, the Walton family – this is just one of the findings of new research by UNI Global Union ahead of worldwide protests against the family's role in global inequality today.

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European taxpayer funds save Canadian Congo plantation paying workers $1 a day, as backers say the move creates jobs.

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How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter | 10 November 2014 | corporations, technologies, climate crisis, laws & policies, food safety | United States

How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans’ well-being than any other human activity. Yet we have no food policy — no plan or agreed-upon principles — for managing American agriculture or the food system as a whole. That must change. An appeal for a US food policy.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has rejected accusations that too much of its funding goes to Western researchers, saying it is helping small farmers in African countries.

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A new site aims to help you increase your understanding of our food systems – where they came from, how they change, what the challenges are and how to meet them.

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An interview with Pamela Caro from Chile's Women’s Development Research Center (CEDEM) exploring the invisibility of peasant women in the feminist and women’s movements as well as the weaknesses in how the food sovereignty concept deals with the challenges of feminism.

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How much of world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture?

Rani Molla - Wall Street Journal | 30 October 2014 | climate crisis

GRAIN calculates that about half of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the food system, and that we need to turn to small farmers and local markets to get rid of this. Rani Molla of the Wall Street Journal compares GRAIN's figures with what other's have to say about it.

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Feeding the world

USC Canada | 20 October 2014 | food crisis, food sovereignty

Here's, on one poster, the central message about feeding the world. By USC Canada.

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