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, by NARAIN Sunita

The battle for control of our bodies

They say you are what you eat. But do we know what we are eating? Do we know who is cooking and serving us the food we take to our kitchens and then into our bodies?
The more I dig into this issue it becomes clear that our world of food is spinning in directions we know nothing about.
Take (...)

, by Truthdig

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Time is running out for Israel. And the Israeli government knows it. The Jewish Diaspora, especially the young, has a waning emotional and ideological investment in Israel. The demographic boom means that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories will soon outnumber Jews. And Israel’s (...)

, by AlterNet

Big Food’s expansion into the developing world

Has Big Food already run out of customers in cities and other locales that are more readily accessible by land? Nestle Stoops to New Low, Launches Barge to Peddle Junk Food on the Amazon River to Brazil’s Poor. Read more

Agrofuels: Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological Destruction

François Houtart, Pluto Press, 172 p.

François Houtart argues that the green potential of agrofuels has been wasted by businesses that put profits above environmental protection. This has led to an absurd situation where an energy source that should be sustainable actually increases human and ecological damage, simply due to the (...)

, by Frontline

Orissa bulldozer regime

In a State where more than two-thirds of rural families live below the poverty line and other social indicators are as dismal, the process of industrialisation that began at the turn of the century ought to have been a cause for optimism. But, of late, people have been fighting tooth and nail (...)

, by TNI

Financialisation and Financial Actors in Agriculture Commodity Markets

Financing Food focuses on how derivative markets work and on speculation in food and agricultural products. This study demonstrates how the futures market for agricultural products, in particular, has changed and is being disrupted by new speculators, growing index funds and commodities funds. (...)

, by India together

Millet Revolution. Winning the battle against hunger, silently

Revival of millet cultivation in Medak of Andhra shows how a variety of millets can fight hunger even during drought, keep farmers debt-free, and provide the much-needed nutrition without using pesticides. The seeds of this silent revolution were sown 16 years ago by 32 women farmers who formed (...)

, by IATP

How We Can Stave Off the Triple Threat of Climate, Water and Food Crises

There is growing recognition that water is the "key medium through which climate change impacts will be felt." Climate impacts on water will directly affect agriculture. And, of course, agricultural practices can both impact and mitigate climate change. Yet, all three—climate, agriculture and (...)

Who Rules the Waves? Piracy, Overfishing and Mining the Oceans

Denise Russell, Pluto Press, 208 p., 2010

With piracy raging in the Indian Ocean, international disputes over undersea oil and gas, and chronic overfishing, the oceans have rarely been subject to such varied and environmentally damaging conflict outside a world war. In Who Rules the Waves? Denise Russell gives us a rare insight into (...)

, by FIAN

Kenya’s Hunger Crisis - the Result of Right to Food Violations

Kenya suffers from recurring drought. The situation during the past three years, however, has reached levels unparalleled in living memory.
"Kenya’s Hunger Crisis - the Result of Right to Food Violations" is the title of a report launched today by FIAN International and RAPDA. These words also (...)

, by IIED

Towards food sovereignty: Reclaiming autonomous food systems

‘Towards Food Sovereignty’ is an online book with full color photo illustrations and linked video and audio files. It describes the ecological basis of food and agriculture, the social and environmental costs of modern food systems, and the policy reversals needed to democratize food systems. The (...)

, by The Hindu

Farm suicides: a 12-year saga

In 2006-08, Maharashtra (India) saw 12, 493 farm suicides. That is 85 per cent higher than the 6,745 suicides it recorded during 1997-1999. And the worst three-year period for any State, any time. The dismal truth is that very high numbers of farm suicides still occur within a fast decreasing (...)

, by India together

Starvation deaths continue, as officials demur

Twenty two per cent of Orissa’s population are tribals, and another 16 per cent are dalits, both highly vulnerable communities. Therefore, proper mapping of BPL (Below Poverty Line) families is important, as it serves as the lifeline for many. But the BPL politics at the central level is skewed, (...)