Farmers struggle with the supermarket squeeze. Townies may be a bit hazy about cattle cake or baler twine, but they know one thing about agriculture: farmers are all broke and supermarkets are the reason why.
It's certainly true that supermarkets - whose dominance of retail trade is now almost total - seem to have unlimited opportunities to squeeze their suppliers. But things may just be about to change. Wer hat die Macht über unser Essen? Heute bestimmen einige wenige globale Konzerne die großen Trends in der Landwirtschaft und beim Nahrungsmittelkonsum.
Local Food Systems. A local food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic, and social health of a particular area.
Increasingly, communities are organizing “food hubs” around co-ops or other community wealth building enterprises to anchor local food systems. Decentralize, Grow Your Own, Buy Local. First Urban ‘Agrihood’ In America Feeds 2,000 Households For Free. The agrihood is located in Detroit, Michigan, and feeds thousands of families in the area.
Children and adults can learn about sustainable agriculture when they take part in the food forest's development. Credit: Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Have you ever contemplated the fact that humans are the only species on Earth that pays to live on the planet? Cornell Land Project – Helping to Prevent Damaging Land Grabbing. Joel Salatin shows Oz how to have a thriving local food system. By MADGE (Australia) Joel Salatin is the self confessed lunatic farmer who is featured in the films Food Inc. and Fresh.
He runs Polyface farm. “We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture.” MADGE was lucky enough to attend two talks by him at the Lake House in Daylesford recently. Here are his essential components in a local food economy: 1) Producer * Need to make agriculture aesthetically and aromatically sensually romantic * Needs transparency to build the reputation * Embedded in the community * Solar driven, i.e. use animals and lightweight fences , fertiliser in-sourced and not from outside, retain surface runoff water, value added on farms * Jeffersonian intellectual agrarian concept * Collaborate with others. Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty. This is a tiny but welcome step.
However, this also has a very negative side. It more-or-less accepts the premise that any number of overt FICTIONs called “government” (federal, province, state, county, city, town, village, neighborhood, etc) have some kind of legitimate “right” to enslave us and bleed us dry (via fees and taxation). AND it presumes that the only way any one of us can escape such enslavement is on a one-by-one basis like the case described here. Which would mean these local towns would need to pass as many million “escape laws” as so-called “higher level” government fictions create. National Family Farm Coalition. What We Fight ForBuilding support for a growing international food sovereignty movement.Empowered family farmers who can advocate for their right to food sovereignty on a global scale.An alternative to our broken food and farm systems, as envisioned by the Food From Family Farms Act.The representation of international peasant struggles in the United States through La Via Campesina.Shining a spotlight on the global food crisis and the U.S. policy reforms that are necessary to stop it.
The Law For Food Facism By Vandana Shiva. The Law For Food Facism By Vandana Shiva 22 February, 2005 Zmag Food laws and Food Safety for India’s diverse and local food economy The Government has drafted a Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005 as an “Integrated Food Law” which has been prepared with the intention to be contemporary, comprehensive, and ensure better consumer safety through food safety management systems and settling standards based on science and transparency as also meeting the dynamic requirements of international trade and Indian Food Trade and Industry.
Clearly, the law has been designed to lubricate international trade and the expansion of the global agribusiness. Consumer health, nutrition, and food culture are not even mentioned as objectives of the integrated food law. Strange Martial Law via Food Control: HR 2749. Not what the American people ordered – HR 2749, martial law and the enslavement of their farmers By The Writers’ Collective HR 2749 is a strange bill in many ways.
Seed Freedom and Food Democracy. Source: An Open letter to Prime Minister Modi and President Obama from democratic, concerned citizens of India and the US We, as concerned and democratic citizens of India, and the US, welcome the coming together of two of the largest democracies of the world to work together to protect the rights of their citizens and their biodiversity.
Both nations were founded on the principles of freedoms of our people, and the unacceptability of colonialism and subservience to Empire. President Obama, you have been invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to India’s Republic day celebrations on 26th Jan, 2015. Declaration on Seed Freedom. Seed is the source of life, it is the self urge of life to express itself, to renew itself, to multiply, to evolve in perpetuity in freedom.Seed is the embodiment of bio cultural diversity. It contains millions of years of biological and cultural evolution of the past, and the potential of millennia of a future unfolding.Seed Freedom is the birth right of every form of life and is the basis for the protection of biodiversity.Seed Freedom is the birth right of every farmer and food producer. EATING IN PUBLIC. WHY The ancient practices of seed saving and sharing are currently under threat. Plants carefully cultivated by farmers the world over for millennia – skills and knowledge that belong to no one and everyone - are being claimed as "inventions" and patented by corporations with the support of national states and international bodies, such as the World Trade Organization.
Why Seed Libraries? - The Seed Library Social Network. We need seed savers in every community Some 12,000 years ago, agriculture began when farmers started to gather seeds from wild plants and began sowing them to grow food. Over the past 12,000 years, farmers in these areas selected and domesticated all major food crops on which humankind survives today. Sowing the Future. Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds. What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a criminal offence, so that half a dozen large multinational corporations can turn seeds into private property and make money from them. But people are fighting back and in several countries popular mobilisations are already forcing governments to put seed privatisation plans on hold.
GRAIN has produced an updated dataset on how so-called free trade agreements are privatising seeds across the world. As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience - Resilience. New Study: GE Crops DON’T Increase Crop Yields. A new study published by the Environmental Working Group has revealed that biotech’s claims concerning higher crop yields are based on a bunch of hot air. How’s this high-flying claim made by the Biotechnology Industry organization: “Agricultural biotechnology continues to increase crop yield and farmer income worldwide while supporting the environment.”
That example of hyperbole was published back in 2007. Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds And The Reason Will Surprise You. Aaron Bloom. Image source: Modern Farmer A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry. Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable. Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics. Act Out!  - Monsanto Taken to Court, A Global Food Fight, Bees & Lame Ducks. International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague - October 2016. Hungarians Just Destroyed All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields. Posted Categories: News Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000's of acres of corn found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar.
Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.