It seems an irresistibly good deal, our 99¢ soda or $1.50 loaf of bread. But these prices represent just a fraction of the true costs of getting that soda and bread into our shopping bags. We pay for the hidden costs of the corporate food supply chain in multiple ways, not all of them financially.
A shovel overturned can flip so much more than soil, worms, and weeds. Structural racism -- the ways in which social systems and institutions promote and perpetuate the oppression of people of color -- manifests at all points in the food system.
Support production, for local and national consumption, of healthier food, more affordable food, food that's not speculated with, that's not hoarded, that's not contaminated with GMOs. Reclaim our food systems and protect our lands and territories.
I'm wondering who you would like to see nominated for the Prize? An activist for food sovereignty in India? A scientist working on agroforestry practices in Latin America? An agronomist developing green manure practices in sub-Saharan Africa?
The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, "They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through monopolization."
The preservation of the dignity of Haitian farmers wasn't merely a relief and recovery effort. It was a chance for Presbyterians to meet the responsibility God has given all of us to care for God's people in a way that is life affirming and empowering.
Writing from Honduras, Miriam, the coordinator of OFRANEH, told about the first victory in the Garífuna's most recent campaign to win back their legal and ancestral lands lost to mega-development projects.
Philip Bereano is Professor Emeritus in the field of Technology and Public Policy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been an active and outspoken proponent of democratic social ethics in technology for decades.
We are peasant planters, that's all we do. Since foreign rice has invaded Haiti, we plant our rice but we can't sell it. Please, give us seeds, give us material. Don't give us rice -- it competes against ours.
The displacement of local seeds with GMOs, and the violent dislocation of peasant communities to make way for industrial plantations in the Global South are not far removed from the urban realities of Detroit.