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The City that Ended Hunger

The City that Ended Hunger
A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger. posted Feb 13, 2009 “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.”CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy. But that realization was only the beginning, for then I had to ask: What does a democracy look like that enables citizens to have a real voice in securing life’s essentials? To begin to conceive of the possibility of a culture of empowered citizens making democracy work for them, real-life stories help—not models to adopt wholesale, but examples that capture key lessons. The city agency developed dozens of innovations to assure everyone the right to food, especially by weaving together the interests of farmers and consumers. “I knew we had so much hunger in the world. Related:  Feed The People

Homepage I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Community, Food and Agriculture (45% of my appointment). My research focuses on the “food system” (55% of my appointment). The food system involves all of the steps required to produce food and get it to our plates–from farming and processing to distribution and consumption. My work is unified by three main questions, (1) what changes are occurring? These questions drive two main projects, (1) characterizing consolidation in food and beverage industries, and (2) bridging information gaps between producers and consumers through ecolabels. Please note: the book/film database is not always viewable in Firefox or Chrome. Recent Information Graphics Organic Processing Industry Structure, February 2014Global Seed Industry Structure, 1996 to 2013Concentration in the U.S. Getter, Kristin L., Bridget K. Student Publications Herrnstadt, Zachary B. 2014. Philip H.

The Permablitz: Transforming Urban Homesteads in a Single Day Do you remember that 'night before Christmas' feeling... the one you used to get as a kid? The night before my Permablitz, an 'I don't know if I can wait until morning' impatience had me pacing, while a slightly buzzy feeling took hold. Yep, it was 'the night before Christmas' all over again -- even though it was mid-August, and I was 32 years old. Why was I so excited? The plan was: my entire front yard lawn would be ripped out and a pretty but water-hungry gardenia bed would be demolished, along with quite a lot of decorative landscaping. The plans for the backyard were even more ambitious. What made everything so exciting was the fact that everything was going to happen in 24 hours. If I were to actually pay a tradesman or two to do all this work, the project would take months, and the cost of labour would run to many thousands of dollars. What is a Permablitz? As a concept, a Permablitz is very similar to the barn raisings of 18th and 19th century rural America.

The Safeway Foundation. About Us — Charitable Foundation The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers' lives. Our stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through our employees' passion, partnerships with our vendors, and the generous contributions by our customers. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities. Health and Human Services We sponsor organizations that are engaged in health research and nutritional programs. Hunger Relief As one of the largest grocery retailers in North America, we find that supporting hunger relief programs is a natural fit for us. Education Our commitment to education stretches back to the very beginnings of our company. Helping People with Disabilities We have long supported regional and national programs that assist people with disabilities. Supporting Causes that Improve Lives

La Via Campesina : International Peasant Movement Reinstating Local Food, Local Rules NOTE: This is a guest post from Siena Chrisman, Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at WhyHunger, with excerpts from Andrianna Natsoulas’ Food Voices. In the spring of 2010, WhyHunger began a partnership with Andrianna Natsoulas, longtime food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement. Food Voices captures the testimonies and images of farmers and fisherfolks across five countries who are fighting for a just, sustainable and sovereign food system; a food system that values quality over quantity, communities over individuals, and the environment over the corporate bottom-line. Andrianna talked to Maine farmer, and WhyHunger partner, Bob St. “For me,” Bob says, “food sovereignty means being able to farm and care for a piece of land in a way that I feel is appropriate, without having market forces dictate what or how I grow.