martes, abril 21, 2009

From the Food First web site:

G8 Urged to Reject Another 'Green Revolution' U.S. working group on the food crisis urges G8 to reject failed green revolution policies for Africa
Posted April 17th, 2009 by admin
"'Business as Usual' Will Not Solve Global Hunger Crisis"
WASHINGTON - April 16 - 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.
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Commentary on The Global Food Security Act (SB 384)
Posted April 17th, 2009 by admin
By Annie Shattuck, Food First Policy AnalystPublished in Foreign Policy in FocusApril 17, 2009
Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco
Editor's Note: This commentary was adapted from the report "Why the Lugar-Casey Global Food Security Act will Fail to Curb Hunger," by Annie Shattuck and Eric Holt-Giménez. (Food First Policy Brief No. 18. Institute for Food and Development Policy. Oakland, California.)
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Policy Brief No 18: Why the Global Food Security Act Will Fail to Curb Hunger
Posted April 15th, 2009 by rjonasse
by Annie Shattuck and Eric Holt-Giménez
A bill before the Senate would create a federal mandate for genetically modified crop research as part of U.S. foreign aid programs, against the recommendations of all major international assessments of agricultural development. A new report on the proposed legislation from Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy calls for urgent action to stop the bill.
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The Global Food Security Act (SB 384) passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month. The legislation, also known as the Lugar-Casey Act, aims to reform aid programs to include a stronger focus on long-term agricultural development, and restructure aid agencies to better respond to crises. While this renewed attention is welcome, funding under the proposed law – some $7.7 billion worth of it - would be directed largely to genetically modified crop research.
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