“We Made a Devil’s Bargain”: Fmr. President Clinton Apologizes for Trade Policies that Destroyed Haitian Rice Farming

From Democracy Now!, April 1st, 2009.  Check out Democracy Now! for more great coverage of Haiti and international economic news. President Bill Clinton, now the UN Special Envoy to Haiti, publicly apologized last month for forcing Haiti to drop tariffs on imported, subsidized US rice during his time in office. The policy wiped out Haitian […]

A Future for Agriculture, a Future for Haiti

By Beverly Bell for Other Worlds We plant but we can’t produce or market. We plant but we have no food to eat. We want agriculture to improve so our country can live and so we peasants can live, too. – Rilo Petit-homme, peasant organizer from St. Marc, Haiti A peasant group meets to discuss […]

People’s Hearings on Big Agriculture – Farmers Speak Up!

Attorney General Eric Holder & The Department of Justice, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Farmers, food activists, concerned citizens, and the public are gathered for Town Hall-style meetings and hearings on anti-trust issues in Big Agriculture, calling on the DOJ to “Bust the Trust”. “The night before, about 250 independent family farmers and community activists gathered […]

Bust the Trust to Take Back Control of Our Food

Many voices missing in ‘Dialogue’ with Justice Department By Siena Chrisman with WhyHunger Part IV, reported March 26 Read parts I-III of WhyHunger’s reports on the Department of Justice’s hearings on anti-trust issues in agriculture The March 12 workshop that the Department of Justice and USDA held in Ankeny, Iowa, was called “A Dialogue on […]

US Food Environment Atlas

See below for information about a new US Food Environment Atlas, created to gather and present statistical information on access to food in the US. From the USDA Food Environment Atlas website: The U.S. Food Environment Atlas Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food […]

Alley Cat Acres

Check out this new project breaking ground in Beacon Hill: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011220435_urbanfarm01m.html?prmid=obinsite ALLEYCAT ACRES, among a handful of urban-farming efforts in the Seattle area, hopes to turn bits of unused land into food sources for low-income residents. More information at: www.alleycatacres.com/

From the Grassroots: Reports from Kenya & Uganda on Food Sovereignty, Agricultural Development and the Gates Foundation

CAGJ Report-back from Kenya & Uganda! Saturday, March 27, 6:30 – 9:00 PM Hidmo Eritrean Restaurant, 2000 S Jackson St. Seattle, 98144 Come to hear from Kenyan Farmer & Community Organizer Joshua Machinga, Director of Common Ground in Kenya, and Heather English Day, CAGJ’s Director, who will report back on travels to Kenya and Uganda, […]

Mining and Indigenous Rights – The Struggle for Self-Determination in Central America

A panel discussion featuring Guatemalan indigenous community leader Pascual Bernabe Velásquez Assembly of Huehuetenango in Defense of Natural Resources Friday, March 5, 2010 | 6:30 – 8:30pm Ethnic Cultural Center at the UW 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Black Room FREE EVENT Maya-Q’anjob’al women vote to express their opposition to mining  in a community consultation in […]