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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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Malawi's Green Revolution

African Centre for Biosafety | 07 October 2014 | corporations, technologies, food crisis | Malawi

The Green Revolution in Malawi is being pushed as the success story that other countries in the continents should follow. The African Centre for Biosafety collaborated with local partners in the country to find out what's really going on, and produced an excellent report that recommends that the country stops following this path and starts supporting small farmers and their food systems instead.

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Two years after the launch of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, it seems clear that it actually undermines food security, nutrition and the progressive realization of the right to food in Africa.

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The world's food production and millions of small farmers and communities are under increasing threat from the rapid expansion of mining, says a new report released by the Gaia Foundation.

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The African Centre for Biosafety has just released an in-depth report, The Political economy of Africa’s burgeoning chemical fertiliser rush, which looks at the role of fertiliser in the push for a Green Revolution in Africa, some of the key present and future fertiliser trends on the continent, and identifies the major players involved.

 

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Carnivorous greed

Silvia Ribeiro | 12 September 2014 | corporations

The industrial production of meat and meat products is becoming a huge problem for environmental pollution and the ravages to land and water. It’s also one of the greatest factors contributing to climate change and is the main global destination for GM crops.

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