To Feed the World in 2050 We Have to Change Course

Timothy A. Wise and Kristin Sundell believe the claims about the need to double food production by 2050 are unfounded. According to ActionAid’s report, “Rising to the Challenge: Changing Course to Feed the World in 2050,” the solutions lie not in the rush to increase industrial food production but in supporting sustainable and productive farming practices among[…]

Land Grabbing and Resistance in the United States   

Across the United States, communities are fighting to defend the resources they need to produce food. On this World Food Day, Oakland-based Food First/the Institute for Food & Development Policy and the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute release a report exploring how corporate control of the food system is undermining the livelihoods of farmers, farmworkers, fisherpeople, communities[…]

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[…]

The Fallacy of Feeding the World

Jim Goodman discusses the fallacy of the United States role in “Feeding the World” asking, 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? Please read Jim’s Article here.

NYC Climate Summit Events 

        Dena Hoff of NPRC/NFFC/Via Campesina, other NFFC members and NFFC staff were among the multitudes participating in various events at last weekend’s Climate Summit. Kathy Ozer spoke Friday at the Church Center for the United Nations on behalf of the International Day of Peace; Dena Hoff participated in a Saturday workshop panel “Cook Organic, Not the Planet”[…]

Via Campesina statement on Agroecology

The International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutritional Security was held on the 18th and 19th of September of 2014, at the headquarters of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome. This marked the first time that the FAO has ever officially and directly addressed the topic of agroecology. According to La[…]

Insights on the other CSA

As women, men, peasants, smallholder family farmers, migrant, rural workers, indigenous, and youth of La Via Campesina, we denounce climate smart agriculture (CSA) which is presented to us as a solution to climate change and as a mechanism for sustainable development. For us, it is clear that underneath its pretense of addressing the persistent poverty[…]

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.[…]