Why ‘Feeding our Growing Planet by Opening More Markets’ is killing us

October 23, 2014

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The policies promoted by Charles Rivkin and agribusiness during the World Food Prize event at the Iowa State House today ( http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/233030.htm ) are the some of the most dangerous threats faced by humanity. The Food sovereignty movement encouraging local control of food, organic agriculture and seed diversity free from genetic engineering is really the only way to successfully feed the estimated 9 billion people predicted to be alive in 2050. The World Food Organization reports that more than half the world’s food is provided by women on small farms or from the sea.

The policies of the World Food Prize threaten global food security. Famine and climate chaos will increase if we do not stop the United States and their friends in transnational corporate boardrooms from implementing these policies
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The Trans Pacific Partnership is set to legalize the ownership of many important crops by transnational corporations, forcing many small farmers off their land. Secret meetings this November if “successful” could threaten global food security providing the “legal” framework for corporate control of seeds while justifying attacks on seed saving. Past trade agreements have already forced many small farms off the land and have reduced access to food for thousands.

Second point in this article is the idea that patent protection of GMO’s will provide for the 9 billion people expected to live on earth by 2050 even though in reality this is a threat to seed saving and will have huge impact on the ability of small farmers to feed the world. A third point made is the promotion of industrial meat production which is in fact according to the United Nations is the leading cause of climate change and that the resulting extreme climate events are another major threat to global food security.

It is up to us to stop these threats to global food security by both restricting the policies promoted at the World Food Prize and by supporting local organic agriculture.

Keith McHenry
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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry was one of the speakers at the Thursday, Oct. 16 OWFP Rally and Direct Action 6 p.m. State Capitol building, World Food Prize Awards Ceremony

Artist, activist, and author Keith McHenry helped start Food Not Bombs
He lived in National Parks as a child. He has recovered, cooked and shared organic food with the hungry with Food Not Bombs for over 30 years. Keith was arrested “for making a political statement” trying to feed people in San Francisco, spent two years in jail and faced 25 years to life in prison.

http://www.foodnotbombs.net/keitharrest.html

He wrote and illustrated “Hungry for Peace – How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs.”
http://foodnotbombs.net/hungry_for_peace_promotional.html

http://www.foodnotbombs.net/
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/keithbio.html
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/hungry_for_peace_promotional.html
http://fnb-freeskool.org/

OWFP contacts for more info:
Sharon Donovan
515-987-5443Frank Cordaro-
515 282 4781 / c 515 4902490
Occupy the World Food Prize campaign
http://occupytheworldfoodprize.com

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