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Eric Holt Gimenez, Ph.D. is a food system researcher and agroecologist. He is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. He is the main author of a new book on the world food crisis: “Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice” from Food First (

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'Farmed and Dangerous': The Food Emperor's New Clothes

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Farmed and Dangerous, Chipotle's latest foray into "values branding," once again takes on the sins of industrial agriculture. Predictably, the four-part series is raising the hackles of Big Ag who claim it is "anti-farmer." It is also making some middle-of-the road agriculture groups squeamish. They're afraid...

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Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 8:30 AM

On the first day of the UN climate summit in Warsaw, Yeb Saño wept in his chair. Four days after Supertyphoon Haiyan had smashed into the Philippines -- killing an estimated 4,000 people -- the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines at the Summit tearfully announced...

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Too Poor for Organic? Raise the Minimum Wage

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:13 PM

How many times have we heard it?

"Organic food is great for those who can afford it, but not an option for most of us."

This simplistic adage is applied to most proposals that question the cheap, processed food that is the cornerstone of this country's epidemic of diet-related diseases....

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Got Food Security? Look to the World's Growing Social Movements

(37) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 12:46 PM

For the first time in recorded history the next generation is expected to die younger than their parents due to malnutrition and diet-related disease. This is because some will not get enough food to eat. Others will have no choice but to eat cheap, processed food. Both are...

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The Government Shutdown: Opening Round in the Fight Over Economic Reform

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:56 PM

The government shutdown has everyone fighting. George Will compared it to the Fugitive Slave Act; Bill Moyers to secession. All sides from Rush Limbaugh to Jon Stewart are serving up blame in spicy sound bites. Political science, game theory and even astrology...

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The Food Sovereignty Prize: Antidote to the World Food Prize Debacle

(20) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Remember the announcement for this year's World Food Prize? Back in June, three corporate scientists were recognized for conducting the original research on using plant bacterium to insert genes from one organism into another. Though somewhat dated today, their discoveries (and patent law) opened the biotechnology floodgates for the genetic...

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Toxic Chemical in Food Cans: BPA Endangers Health of Low-Income Adults, Children and Babies

(5) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Right now in America there are 13.5 million low-income people who live more than a mile from a supermarket, and more than 2 million don't have access to a vehicle. [i] In these neighborhoods, food typically comes from fast food chains, convenience stores and drug stores, which often means decreased...

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The 2013 World Food Prize: Monopolizing the War on Hunger?

(15) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:48 PM

The biotech industry has awarded itself the World Food Prize. A career Monsanto executive, a Syngenta scientist and a private industrial scientist will share the $250,000 prize for "feeding a growing global population."

The trouble is, GMO seeds produce feed and fuel, not food. Over the last...

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G-8 Leaders: After 20 Years, It's Time to Listen to Via Campesina

(9) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 4:11 PM

This week in Jakarta, Indonesia over 400 farmers from 70 countries gathered at the 6th International Conference of La Via Campesina to celebrate 20 years of struggle for food sovereignty. The representatives of this 200 million-strong international peasant movement hammered out a global call to action...

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Farm Bill Fiasco: What Now?

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 9:33 PM

By a vote of 15-5, the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee finally approved the 2013 Agricultural Reform Food and Jobs Act otherwise known as the farm bill. It will go to Congress for a vote as early as next week. After months of extensions and some breathtaking backdoor dealing, it's time...

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Monsanto v. Bowman: The Master's Law

(32) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 8:19 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for Vernon Hugh Bowman v. Monsanto Co. The 75-year-old Indiana soybean farmer grew and harvested seeds he bought (as grain) from a local grain elevator that were under patent owned by Monsanto Co. Mr. Bowman used this cheap source of seed for...

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Honduras: The War on Peasants

(7) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Two more peasants were assassinated by paramilitary units last week in Honduras. This brings the murder of subsistence farmers and indigenous leaders to over 60 since the Honduran coup d'etat in 2009.

Juan Peres and Williams Alvarado were members of the Peasant Movement for the Recovery of...

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Soul Food Junkies: Finally a Food Film That Doesn't Preach!

(8) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:42 PM

I watch a lot of food films -- usually documentaries about what is wrong with the "broken" food system and what I as an individual consumer, "eater" or "co-producer" must do to fix it. Unfairly, perhaps, I've come to feel that they've all blended together into a preachy, warmed-over mush,...

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Of Myths and Men: Mark Lynas and the intoxicating Power of Technocracy

(63) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:47 PM

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

Why do certain people and ideas suddenly capture the limelight while others go unnoticed? Others seem never to go away... The recent ascent of environmental writer Mark Lynas to prominence in the debate on genetically modified crops (GMOs)...

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Cock O' the Lots: Detroit's Residents Fight Back a Land Grab

(6) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 12:29 PM

John Hantz still wants to close the biggest urban land grab since the Dutch bought Manhattan. He has his sights on 1,956 lots (177 acres) owned by the city of Detroit... at 8ȼ a square foot.

Mr. Hantz, a real estate developer, has been clear about his motives,...

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What Does the Obama Victory Mean for the U.S. Food Justice Movement?

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 2:20 PM

In a word? Mobilize!

Here's why: Mitt Romney lost the elections because he won the vote of the shrinking majority but lost the vote of the growing minority. Though he won 59 percent of the white vote, President Obama carried 93 percent of the Black vote and 71...

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The US Drought and Global Hunger: What We Know and What We Don't

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 12:18 PM

The failure of the U.S. corn harvests spells a disaster for the world's poor, but not because the poor eat our corn. They don't eat corn-fed livestock from CAFOs either, nor do they fill up at the pump with ethanol-blended gasoline.

The poor will suffer the third global food disaster...

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Detroit: A Tale of Two... Farms?

(14) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 2:04 PM

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal celebrated the Hantz Farms project to establish a 10,000 acre private farm in Detroit. The project hinges on a very large land deal offered by financial services magnate John Hantz to buy up over 2,000 empty lots from the city...

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Green Grabbing our Future at Rio+20

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 10:46 AM

The "Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" or the UN's Rio+20, started yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This marks the 20th anniversary of Rio's first "Earth Summit,"in1992, as well as the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held...

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The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Nothing New About Ignoring Africa's Farmers

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 11:33 AM

President Barack Obama wants to convince the world that he is actually a liberal after all.

First he not-so-hastily follows Vice-president Joe Biden's support for gay marriage to assure us he is a social liberal. Then, last week at the G8 meeting, he announces The New Alliance...

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