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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]