Other Worlds

Indigenous Mayans Win Stunning Repeal of Hated ‘Monsanto Law’

October 27, 2015

Cross posted from Waking Times

Originally released October 19, 2015

By Alex Pietrowski

Photo Credit: Cristina Chiquin

The success of the Guatemalan people in defending their food sovereignty and stopping “Monsanto Law” is an inspiring example that people, when united, can overpower even the largest of corporations.

African Seed & Food Sovereignty

October 23, 2015

Other Worlds brings to you a 7-part article series on African food and seed sovereignty, which will feature interviews with grassroots leaders (mostly women) from Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Each is working for seed sovereignty and the decolonization of Africa’s food system.

Other Worlds will release the articles every other Wednesday beginning November 4th. They are in English, run around 1200 words, and include photos.

Brazil Aims to Torpedo International Moratorium on Terminator Seeds

October 22, 2015

Farmers’ Rights and Food Sovereignty Under Fire

By Etc Group

Orignially released on October 2, 2015

At a time when just three corporations – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – control 55% of the world’s commercial seeds, industrial farming interests in the Brazilian Congress have introduced a bill that aims to overturn the country’s 10-year old ban on Terminator technology – seeds that have been genetically modified to render sterile seeds. The technology is designed to secure corporate profits by eliminating the age-old right of farmers to save and re-plant harvested seeds.

AgroEcology: the Bold Future for Africa

October 21, 2015

The text below comes from a press release from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa:

It’s time for us to recognize that agroecology is the future of farming in Africa! Industrial agriculture is a dead end. It claims to have raised yields in places but it has done so at great cost, with extensive soil damage, huge biodiversity loss and negative impacts on nutrition, food sovereignty and natural resources.


October 21, 2015

An interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard

by Beverly Bell and Natalie Miller













The Federation of Southern Cooperatives logo, courtesy of Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

For National Co-op Month, we present a three-part series from an interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard who is Professor of Community Justice & Social Economic Development at John Jay College, CUNY; and an Affiliate Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She serves on the following boards: Grassroots Economic Organizing, the Association of Cooperative Educators, and the US Solidarity Economy Network; and is a founding member of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Gordon Nembhard’s acclaimed new book is Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. This is the first of a three-part interview to run during October, which is Co-op Month. See the first piece, Black Cooperative Economics During Enslavement, here.

Black Farmers' Lives Matter: The significant contributions of Black Farmers in America

October 15, 2015

By Heather Gray, Federation of Southern Cooperatives


Photo courtesy of Heather Gray

The 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize was shared by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation) and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. The prize was presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015. 

The Food Sovereignty prize was first awarded in 2009 as an alternative to the World Food Prize (also taking place this week in Des Moines, Iowa) founded by “the father of the Green Revolution,” the late Norman Borlaug. While the World Food Prize emphasizes increased production through technology, the Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, champions solutions coming from those most impacted by the injustices of the global food system. In honoring those who are organizing to reclaim local food systems, the commons and community self-determination, the Food Sovereignty Prize affirms that nothing short of the true democratization of our food system will enable us to end hunger once and for all.(EcoWatch)


Haitian Cholera Victims Tell UN to “Face Justice”

October 14, 2015

New Campaign Brings Victims’ Portraits to UN for Five-Year Anniversary

GENEVA, NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 13, 2015—On the morning of October 14, activists will be erecting large portraits of cholera victims outside the United Nations (UN) offices in New York, Geneva and Port-au-Prince to commemorate the 9,000 lives lost from cholera brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers five years ago.  The portraits are a part of a new campaign, Face Justice, which calls on the UN to hear victims’ calls for justice.  The campaign demands that the UN accept responsibility for causing the epidemic through faulty waste management, provide reparations, and invest in water and sanitation to eliminate cholera.

Challenging Racism in the Food System: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Fights for Black Lands, Agriculture, and Equal Justice

October 13, 2015

By Andrianna Natsoulas and Beverly Bell

A field being cultivated at the Federation’s training center in Alabama. Photo: Heather Gray.

The 2015 US Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded on October 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. This year, one of the two winners is the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a network of cooperatives, almost all of them comprised of Black family farmers, across the deep South. The Federation upholds a vision of local production for local consumption, and of defense of their family land needed for that local production.The second winner, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, has a similar mission and values.

A Tale of Two Food Prizes

October 12, 2015

By Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First

An OFRANEH youth brigade member waters sweet chili pepper in a family garden. Photos by Steve Pavey.

What’s in a prize? The politics of distribution versus growth.

On October 14th in Des Moines, Iowa, the Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, run by African-American farmers of the southern United States and to OFRANEH—the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña).



October 8, 2015

By Stephen Bartlett, Agricultural Missions, and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds

Miriam Miranda, coordinator of OFRANEH. Photo courtesy of Grassroots International. 

“Our liberation starts because we can plant what we eat. This is food sovereignty,” said Miriam Miranda, Coordinator of the Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras, or OFRANEH by its Spanish acronym, in an interview.

OFRANEH is winner of the 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize, given by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance. “There is a big job to do in Honduras and everywhere, because people have to know that they need to produce to bring the autonomy and the sovereignty of our peoples. If we continue to consume [only], it doesn’t matter how much we shout and protest,” said Miranda. “It’s about recovering and reaffirming our connections to the soil, to our communities, to our land. We need to become producers. ”



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