In Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, Edmonton journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King exposes the world's unsustainable food industry - but she doesn't simply point out the problems.
A 10-year blanket ban on field trials of genetically modified (termed Bt) crops, proposed by an expert committee set up by the Supreme Court, has set off alarm bells, especially in the cotton sector. A senior government official said it would be like gifting a 10-year monopoly on Bt cotton to a single company, Monsanto, and clipping the wings of upcoming competitors, such as Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta, and some public sector companies. Monsanto has completed its trials and can reap the gains in the coming years, while the other companies are still only at the start of their trials, the official said, on condition of anonymity. Monsanto on its part, while rejecting the overall contents on the report on the grounds that it (the committee) has exceeded its mandate and its implementation would have serious implication on the future of Indian agriculture, said competition already exists in the Bt cotton field and its first-mover advantage comes from the fact that it had better technologies to offer... The ban, if accepted by the Supreme Court, which begins the hearing on this on October 29, would also mean a return to the high insecticide consumption trend witnessed till 2001 before Bt cotton came in. While insecticide use growth was 46 per cent in 2001, it went down to 21 per cent in subsequent five years, an official said. Insecticide manufacturers are all multinational companies, and they were hit badly, with a 60 per cent fall in demand since the advent of Bt cotton, government sources said.
ST. LOUIS — The nation’s worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer’s withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk.
“Food miles” are analyzed for their energy efficiency in short food chains... compared with long-chain distribution. Local food systems may have satisfactory levels of energy efficiency... bringing them close to long chains in the best examples... energy performance remains very dependent on where the study was conducted. Ultimately this study invites us to better analyze the ways in which actors collaborate to optimize energy expenditures relative to the distribution of food products in local sales chains...
WhyHunger announced today the winners of the fourth annual Food Sovereignty Prize, recognized for their role in ensuring that all people have the right to food. The winners, the Korean Women’s Peasants Association (KWPA), Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) of Sri Lanka and the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan Region (MUCA) of Honduras, are being honored today at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York at a free, public ceremony hosted by WhyHunger, in collaboration with the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation and other allied organizations. The ceremony, celebrated as an alternative to the World Food Prize, includes a keynote address by U.N. Special Rappoteur on the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter and a special musical appearance by musician and activist Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.
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