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Press Release: Peasants’ Rights Declaration presented before the UN General Assembly

  New York – October 26, 2018 – The “UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas” was presented in the UN headquarters to the Third Committee of the General Assembly on 25th October. This comes on the back of a nearly two decade long process of consultations and … Continue reading

The Politics of Food in Venezuela

    Monthly Review by Ana Felicien, Christina Schiavoni and Liccia Romero Few countries and political processes have been subject to such scrutiny, yet so generally misunderstood, as Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution.1 This is particularly true today, as the international media paints an image of absolute devastation in the country, wrought by failed policies … Continue reading

Monsanto Tribunal Judges Slam Monsanto over Violation of Human Rights

Today the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations. The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a … Continue reading

Opposition rises to planned agricultural mega-mergers

PRESS RELEASE – Friends of the Earth Europe, European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, European Coordination of Via Campesina, CONCORD Europe Brussels – More than 200 organisations have called on the European Commission and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to block the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations. The farmer, farmworker, beekeeper, … Continue reading

The High Cost of Cheap Labor

By Brian Barth on February 21, 2017 From Modern Farmer At least half of all farmworkers in the United States are undocumented Mexican immigrants. And “documentation” often dictates inclusion in a guest-worker program that’s been compared to slavery. Americans avoid these jobs, yet elected a president who promised mass deportation. There’s a crisis brewing in … Continue reading

Creating a society that meets human needs

How might economic needs be met in a post-capitalist society? Is it possible to eliminate markets and make production choices democratically? From Climate and Capitalism by Sam Friedman There is a growing suspicion among many people involved in movements against war, for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society that capitalism can only create … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture and the Production of Plenty for the Many

By LORENA FREITEZ – MINISTER OF POPULAR POWER FOR URBAN AGRICULTURE, January 6th 2017 The Economy Affects Us, Can We Affect [the Economy]? For the majority, the greatest trouble of our current political-economic conflict is the feeling that the economy affects us and seemingly, that we cannot affect the economy. [The economy] has us convinced … Continue reading

Breastfeeding Rates Increase by 536% in Venezuela thanks to Promotion and Support in the Bolivarian Revolution

Translated from original article here by Yvke Mundial/Anais Lucena: Breastfeeding rates in Venezuela, which were at 7% in the 1990s, have risen to 44% at present, which represents an increase of 536% over the course of the Bolivarian Revolution. This represents positive results and important advances in the politics of this issue, which has been … Continue reading

The Venezuelan Food Sovereignty Experiment

As I wandered through the streets of Caracas on my first trip to Venezuela nine years ago, a huge urban farm in the midst of concrete high-rises caught my attention. It wasn’t tucked away on a side street or in a residential area, but was right out in the middle of the bustling downtown. I … Continue reading

Venezuelan Gov’t Distributes 4.5 Tons of Subsidized Food

TELESUR Venezuela’s government food programs have been credited with dramatically reducing hunger across the country. Venezuela’s state run food programs handed out more than 4.5 tons of produce in 2014, food minister Yvan Bello announced Tuesday. Bello explained the food was distributed at fair prices, as a way to fight back against the economic war against … Continue reading

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