Daily Archives: July 22, 2013

Small Planet Institute | Living democracy, feeding hope

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Our Statement Against Shocking Prize to Monsanto–Backed by 81 Global Leaders–Provokes Response

Our Statement Against Shocking Prize to Monsanto–Backed by 81 Global Leaders–Provokes Response

2013-06-26-WFP_HuffPoImage.jpg Succumbing to expressions of outrage over the World Food Prize winners this year, including this declaration of dissent catalyzed by Frances and Anna and signed by 81 food leaders, the Foundation’s president defended its choice, stating that because “climate volatility is a game changer for farmers from Iowa to India” the biotech pioneers were selected to receive the prize to stimulate debate about “whether it would be possible to feed all of the people on our planet without biotechnology and genetically modified crops, especially given the dramatic challenges farmers may face from climate volatility.”

The Environment News Service highlights the important role that the Right Livelihood Award Laureates (Frances among them) played. It quotes their statement that lays out why the prize for Monsanto betrays of the award’s own mandate to emphasize “the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people.”

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Succumbing to expressions of outrage over the World Food Prize winners this year, including this declaration of dissent catalyzed by Frances and Anna and signed by 81 food leaders, the Foundation’s president defended its choice, stating that because “climate volatility is a game changer for farmers from Iowa to India” the biotech pioneers were selected to receive the prize to stimulate debate about “whether it would be possible to feed all of the people on our planet without biotechnology and genetically modified crops, especially given the dramatic challenges farmers may face from climate volatility.”

The Environment News Service highlights the important role that the Right Livelihood Award Laureates (Frances among them) played. It quotes their statement that lays out why the prize for Monsanto betrays of the award’s own mandate to emphasize “the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people.”

Small Planet is part of an in-the-works plan to honor our real food heroes this Fall. Sign up for our newsletter and in September we’ll let you what YOU can do to become part of this plan.

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Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Europafrica: Family farmers for sustainable food systems

http://www.europafrica.info/en/publications/family-farmers-for-sustainable-food-systems

(Brussels, 03/06/2013) “Family farming is the basis for modern food provision in Africa, today and tomorrow. It generates food and employment for the majority of the population and the wealth of the region, conserving its natural resources” shows the synthesis report by the europAfrica platform launched today in Brussels, titled: “Family farmers for sustainable food systems: A synthesis of reports by African farmers’ regional networks on models of food production, consumption and markets”. The report is released on the eve of the G8 meeting, in the UK, when G8 governments will promote the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an initiative in which African farmers’ organisations have been marginalised. “Family farmers are the basis of Africa’s food system. They feed 80% of Africa’s peoples. They provide jobs and sustain the environment. They can realise a sustainable food system and food sovereignty, if supported and protected,” said Patrick Mulvany (Practical Action/UK Food Group) While the G8 is meeting, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is conducting an important negotiation on principles to ensure that agriculture investment guarantees peoples’ right to food and access to resources. “The G8 has no legitimacy in determining food security priorities for Africa. The only democratic and inclusive global process for deliberating on food issues is the CFS in which family farmers have a voice. The G8 should strengthen that process,” said Nora McKeon (Terra Nuova)

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Monsanto, November, and You

http://www.organicconsumers.org/fund-letter-jul-3.htm

We have two choices.

We sometimes forget. Coca-Cola, General Mills, and a host of other food giants know how to make their products without using genetically engineered ingredients.

They do it all the time. For consumers in other countries.

It’s only here, in the U.S., where the food and biotech lobbyists have Congress in their back pockets, that more than 80 percent of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Those GMO ingredients are making Monsanto and Big Food rich. They’re making us sick. And the tons of herbicides and pesticides used to grow them are poisoning our soil and water.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Organic Consumers Association

http://www.organicconsumers.org/

Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

The OCA represents over 850,000 members, subscribers and volunteers, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace. Our US and international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family farm, environmental, and public interest community.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV