viernes, noviembre 21, 2014

Terra Madre Keynote Speech by Eric Holt-Giménez – Food Sovereignty and Food Movements: Time for Transformation

Terra Madre Keynote

Ever since the food crises of 2008 and 2011 that sent over a billion people into the ranks of the hungry—even at a time of record global harvests and record corporate profits—and ever since the global financial crash—suddenly, peasant and family farmers have captured the interest of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, USAID, Bill Gates, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, John Deere, Cargill, ADM, Bunge, Monsanto, Syngenta, WalMart, Tesco, Carrefour and other agrifoods giants. Even Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street financiers are paying special attention to family farmers—or at least to their land.


According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations the world produces more than 1 1/2 times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. That’s already enough to feed 10 billion people, more than the world’s 2050 projected population peak. But the people making less than $2 a day—most of whom are resource-poor farmers cultivating unviably small plots of land—can’t afford to buy this food. In reality, the bulk of industrially over-produced grain crops goes to biofuels and feedlots rather than food for the one billion hungry.

The call to double food production by 2050 only applies if we continue to prioritize the growing population of livestock and automobiles over hungry people and we continue to force Green Revolution technologies and global markets on farmers who really need more land, more water and fair markets.

Hunger is caused by exploitation and injustice, not scarcity.

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