Palestinian Farmer Highlights Food Sovereignty Efforts with USFSA, Iowa CCI

The Union of Agricultural Work Committees, an organization dedicated to assisting Palestinian farmers in the fight for sovereignty over their trade and their land, was born in 1986. ElRahman, the organization’s board chairman, visited the United States for the first time this year to receive the Food Sovereignty Prize from the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Read more about Palestinian Farmer Highlights Food Sovereignty Efforts with USFSA, Iowa CCI[…]

Rural Repression: The Cruel Insanity of Obama’s Agriculture Export Plan

by HEATHER GRAY Counterpunch article from February, 2010. When President Barrack Obama stated in his recent State of the Union address that one avenue to advance the economy was to increase U.S. agricultural exports, I cringed.  Right out of Milton Friedman, export agriculture is the neo-liberal free market capitalist approach to agriculture that, if anything, Read more about Rural Repression: The Cruel Insanity of Obama’s Agriculture Export Plan[…]

NFFC President Wins James Beard Foundation Leadership Award

We are pleased to announce that  NFFC President, Ben Burkett was awarded the 2014 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award on October 27th.  The award was given to Ben primarily for his work with The Federation of Southern Cooperatives and their Land Assistance Fund, which aims to enhance and stabilize income  for  family farms across the Read more about NFFC President Wins James Beard Foundation Leadership Award[…]

Food Sovereignty Award Coverage: Column for The Progressive Populist

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 Read more about Food Sovereignty Award Coverage: Column for The Progressive Populist[…]

U.S. Farmworkers and Palestinian Farmers share 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is honored to name the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) of Palestine, based in Gaza and the West Bank, and Community to Community Development /Comunidad a Comunidad (C2C) of Bellingham, Washington, as co-recipients of the 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize. Their stories of continuous struggle to defend the rights Read more about U.S. Farmworkers and Palestinian Farmers share 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize[…]

NFFC Advocates for Agroecology at NYC Climate Summit

        NFFC members and staff joined the multitudes participating in various events at last weekend’s Climate Summit. Executive Director Kathy Ozer spoke Friday at the Church Center for the United Nations on behalf of the International Day of Peace; Dena Hoff (NFFC vice president and Via Campesina International Coordinating Committee member) participated in a Saturday workshop panel “Cook Read more about NFFC Advocates for Agroecology at NYC Climate Summit[…]

Precision Agriculture and the “Agro-Police State”

A Food First writer suggests Monsanto may have a larger hand in International Agricultural Decision-making than the FAO with the growing influence of precision agriculture. Monsanto has been promoting precision agriculture, the collective name of a series of new agricultural data and crop monitoring technologies. In “Toward the Agro-Police State” Food First’s Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero asks: what Read more about Precision Agriculture and the “Agro-Police State”[…]

NFFC Disappointed in USDA Support of Dow’s 2,4-D Crops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Griffith mobile – (773) 319-5838 Washington, DC (September 24, 2014) – Despite many months of working to the contrary, the National Family Farm Coalition learned last Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had determined that Dow’s Enlist corn and soy were safe for release to the public for planting. Read more about NFFC Disappointed in USDA Support of Dow’s 2,4-D Crops[…]

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