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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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Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap

(15) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 9:42 AM

The more scientists actually study agroecology, the better it looks.

The largest meta-analysis to date comparing yields of organic and conventional agriculture concluded that the "yield gap" between the two is much smaller than previously claimed and for some crops, doesn't exist at all.

In a new study...

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Occupy the Farm': The Movie

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 10:39 AM

"The whole point of this is to not talk about what we want and not demand what we want, but to make what we want real." Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation

Occupy the Farm opened at twenty theaters across the country last week. The documentary from

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Climate Change and Food Sovereignty: The People's Climate March

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:27 PM

The best intentions of world leaders tend to sputter and fail without the power of social movements pushing hard to ensure they actually do the right thing.

That is why on Sunday, September 21, people from more than 750 organizations will converge in New York City for the

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Overcoming Obstacles to Agroecology

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:57 PM

Known as the "science of sustainable agriculture," agroecology is also a practice and a movement. For, Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists agroecology is the "agriculture of the future."

As a science, agroecology was originally developed by researchers who...

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Vermont's Invisible Farmworkers

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:16 PM

A couple of months ago I was invited to give a keynote address at the University of Vermont's Food Systems Summit, held last week at UVM in Burlington. I get a lot of these invitations. Keynote lectures are a part of the job at Food First. Fly in,...

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The 2014 World Food Prize: Onward to the Glorious Past

(6) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:52 PM

On June 18th Secretary of State John Kerry announced that plant breeder Sanjaya Rajaram would be the 2014 winner of the World Food Prize. During his 40-year career at CIMMYT and ICARDA (Green Revolution research centers), Dr. Rajaram developed hundreds of hybrid varieties of disease-resistant and...

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Feeding Nine Billion: Five Steps to the Wrong Solution

(3) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 1:53 PM

National Geographic's recent online slideshow featuring an article by global ecologist Jonathan Foley lays out a Five Step Plan to Feed the World that proposes to "blend the best" farming techniques of organic and local farms with those of high-tech and conventional farms. It is a collaborative proposition...

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

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:46 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 | 7:30 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 | 3:13 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 | 11:46 AM

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 | 2:56 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 | 2:53 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 | 1:38 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 | 4:48 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 | 3:11 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 | 8:33 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 | 7:19 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 | 3:18 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 | 5:42 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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