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2009-06-23 |

Agroecological farming key to Africa’s future

As an African American farmer from Mississippi who has visited and traveled to Africa many times, I am stunned that the real solutions continue to be ignored. We face multiple crises -- financial, climate, energy, and water. Business as usual will not solve our global hunger crisis. More expensive genetically modified seeds, pesticides and chemical-intensive practices won’t help the hungry and will only allow more profits and control for seed companies like Monsanto and Syngenta.

2009-06-23 |

A new deal needed for food crisis

Although G8 agriculture ministers met recently to discuss the current food crisis, little was agreed beyond broad statements that the global food security outlook is grim. By failing to make new pledges and strike a bold new direction, an important opportunity for averting an intensification of the food crisis was lost. What is needed is nothing short of a global agricultural new deal. Four elements of this new deal are vital....

2009-06-23 |

Africa: Realising the Right to Food

A right to food means that 'victims must have a right to recourse mechanisms; that governments must be held accountable if they adopt policies which violate that right; and that courts are empowered to protect this right' writes De Schutter. He argues that 'the daily and massive denial of the right to food has its source, not in an insufficient quantity of food produced, but in a system of production whose limits have now become clear.' De Schutter calls for support for states, an assessment of different models of agricultural production, the redesign of trade, improvements in the situation of agricultural workers and incentives and regulations for agri-food companies, with a view to realising the right to food.

2009-06-23 |

One step forward, two steps back in addressing the food crisis

Commenting on the declaration published today following the first G8 meeting dedicated to agriculture, Greenpeace said that the G8 Agriculture Ministers appear to be taking one step forward in putting agriculture and food security at the heart of the international agenda, but two steps back because they have failed to present proposals that will effectively tackle the global food crisis.

2009-06-23 |

Strange fruit: Could genetically modified foods offer a solution to the world's food crisis?

It's a decade since GM products were hurriedly swept from UK shops after a panic about their safety. In the meantime, GM crops have been widely – and successfully – cultivated elsewhere. So is it time we embraced the new food?

2009-06-23 |

Chemically-driven agri will not solve poverty

An international study belied the claims of big corporations that chemically-driven and corporate agriculture will solve the problem of hunger and poverty in Mindanao.

A coalition of organic agriculture practitioners and advocates under the Go Organic Mindanao said that chemically-driven and corporate agriculture in Mindanao failed to address hunger and poverty as confirmed by a recent scientific assessment report prepared by the world's experts and supported by 58 governments across the globe.

2009-06-23 |

Agriculture at a crossroads

Greenpeace is calling on G8 agriculture ministers to stop business-as-usual and start supporting a transition to an ecological agriculture that feeds people while protecting the environment. The first G8 meeting dedicated to Agriculture is being held in Treviso, Italy, this weekend, when discussions will focus on how to address the continuing food crisis.

2009-06-23 |

G8 Urged to Reject Another 'Green Revolution'

The U.S. Working Group on the Food Crisis, a group representing anti-hunger, family farm, community food security, environmental, international aid, labor, food justice, consumers and other food system actors, urges the G8 at the upcoming Agricultural Ministerial in Treviso, Italy to reject the failed policies of the Green Revolution. A recent landmark report backed by the UN and World Bank argues for agroecological and sustainable agriculture, rather than reliance on chemical-intensive practices and genetic engineering.

2009-06-23 |

Global Climate Talks Must Address Agriculture

"If fundamental climate change mitigation and adaptation goals are to be met, international climate negotiations must include agriculture," appeals an international food policy think tank.

2009-06-23 |

UN General Assembly President calls for new type of bottom-up food democracy

Calling for a new type of "food democracy" that would start from the bottom and nourish those facing hunger in the midst of abundance, President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann today opened the General Assembly's Interactive Thematic Dialogue on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food.

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