Food Sovereignty Award Coverage: Column for The Progressive Populist

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

By Margot Mcmillen   Every year since 1986, the Norman Borlaug fan club, made up of the big winners in the Green Revolution, has awarded a prize to some corporate tiller of the field. The “World Food Prize” is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa in the former public library building. From this modest address, the chemical producers, giant combine builders, soybean processors and hog owners give the award mostly to researchers who have...

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Open Call for Essays for TNI State of Power Annual Report

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Transnational Institute (TNI) in the Netherlands is issuing an open call for essays/short papers for its forthcoming State of Powerreport launched in late January 2015 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos. TNI’s annual State of Power reports have, since their launch in 2012, become a must-see reference point for citizens, activists and academics concerned with understanding the nature of power in our globalised world. With a...

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The Fallacy of Feeding the World

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Blog | 882 comments

Yesterday I heard someone talking about our (the USA’s) duty to “feed the world”. I have a real problem with this, who gave us this mandate? I really find this “feed the world” thing to be ridiculous as well as very condescending to the rest of the world. Who made us keepers of the world? Who decided we knew how to feed them and who decided the people of world were incapable of feeding themselves? In the first place they may not...

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Congress Heads into Recess with Work Left to be Done

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Congress begins its August recess this week, as Members head home to their districts to campaign for the midterm election despite massive legislative inaction over the past few months. Political infighting has halted appropriations and left Congress with much to do when it returns in September for at most three weeks. School meal nutrition standards have been a contentious issue contributing to the grinding halt in 2015 Agriculture...

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Save us from “Sound Science”

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The term “sound science” really creeps me out, that is not a secret. Several months ago I wrote a piece called The Sound Science of Deception, resting my case, but a during recent discussion of federal research funding, there it was again, in USDA. So I am repeating my earlier points and again saying, when you hear the term “sound science” get ready to be duped! “Sound science” has no scientific definition. It does...

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Press release: TTIP bad for agriculture, health and the environment says U.S. and EU civil society

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

July 10, 2014 BRUSSELS – The next round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will take place July 14–18 in Brussels, almost exactly a year since the first round in Washington, DC. Since that time, movements for local and regional farming and food systems and public health advocates on both sides of the Atlantic have coordinated efforts to raise their concerns around the agreement. Civil society groups...

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