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International Program Director, Center for Food Safety
Debbie Barker is the international director for the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a legal and public policy institute in Washington, D.C. She was formerly the director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a think tank that analyses and critiques forms of economic globalization.
She recently authored Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers, and The Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights, and the Economy, which unravels relationships between food security, climate change, natural resource depletion, economic and trade systems, and human rights violations and inequities. She was on the international committee of authors for the World Bank and United Nation major report released in 2008—the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Ms. Barker has edited, co-authored and contributed to numerous other publications including:Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture; Invisible Government—The World Trade Organization (with Jerry Mander); Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible; The Manifesto on Climate Change and the Future of Food Security (2008) and numerous other publications.
Ms. Barker has spoken at a variety of fora including the European Parliament, U.S. Federal agencies as well as events such as The Conversation with Deepak Chopra; New York University Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship Speaker Series; Hammer Museum: Hammer Conversations: Peter Sellars & Debbie Barker; and others.