Food sovereignty

  • Who Will Feed Us? is a data-driven report full of unexpected statistics that reveal a tale of two food systems. Published in 2017, it upturns common assumptions about who feeds whom in a hungry world threatened by climate change.Some highlights of the report:
    1. Peasants (not food corporations) feed the world: 70% of the world’s population is fed by the Peasant Food Web, using only 25% of resources.
    2. Industrial food production fails to feed: Only 24% of the food produced by the Industrial Food Chain actually reaches people – the rest is wasted in meat production inefficiencies; lost in transport, storage and at the household; and diverted to non-food products.
    3. Industrial food costs us more: For every dollar spent on industrial food, it costs another 2 dollars to clean up the mess
    With the right policies, land and rights, peasant-led agroecological strategies could double or even triple rural employment, substantially reducing the pressure for urban migration, significantly improve nutritional quality and availability and eliminate hunger while slashing agriculture’s GHG emissions by more than 90%.
    The report is available to download in English, Spanish and French. Access it here.
  • National Food Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence), India A short description (and pictures) of the 2nd National Food Alternatives Confluence held in the first week of October in Rajasthan, India, may be of interest:
  • Large corporations monopolizing the global food-system: New research shows the dramatic impacts of the global food system being rapidly monopolised by ever-fewer, ever-larger corporations at every stage of the food chain. This alarming trend poses risks to consumer choice, jobs and working conditions and food production in the future, warn the authors of the Agrifood Atlas.
  • GMO assault on Indian food-system. Despite four high level government reports that have advised against adopting Genetically Modified crops in India, there are alarming reports of GM okra, soyabean & brinjal being cultivated illegally in thousands of acres. The industry’s strategy is to flood the country with illegal GMOs so that there’s nothing you can do about it. Read the article here.
  • Tribes create their own food laws to stop USDA from killing native food economies

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