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LAND TO THE TILLERS: RESPONSES TO LAND GRABS

July 29, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Deepa Panchang also co-authored this article.

Part 23 of the Harvesting Justice series


New York demonstrators supporting the Homes for All campaign for affordable housing, this July. Photo courtesy of Right to the City Alliance.

The outcome of last Sunday’s elections in Cambodia, in which Prime Minister Hun Sen hoped to extend his 28-year rule, is in dispute. Even if he continues in office, Hun Sen’s tight grip on civil society is threatened, in part, by public anger against land grabs. In the past decade, his government has handed 73% of Cambodia’s arable land, most of it belonging to small farmers, over to businesses.

Bev Bell interview on Pacifica's "Uprising"

July 26, 2013

Check out Bev's latest interview with Sonali Kolhatkar on Pacifica's "Uprising"!

Cross-posted from Uprising Radio.

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We don’t often think about where our food really comes from. Tracing back last night’s dinner from our plates back to the hands that actually harvested our vegetables or the machines that slaughtered our meat, perhaps half a world away, provides a disturbing lesson about how our food supply is built.

Conventional foods that form the majority of our diets are grown elsewhere, often by impoverished workers, sprayed with pesticides or pumped with antibiotics, transported thousands of miles over land and sea using precious fossil fuel resources, packaged in plastic and set out on refrigerated store shelves before landing in our kitchens.

Along the way farmers get ripped off, multinational companies make huge profits, and consumers get gouged.

People are literally fed up, and have sparked a global movement to transform the politics of food – that movement is the subject of a new book by Tory Field and Beverly Bell called Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agricultural Systems in the Americas.

GUEST: Beverly Bell, co-author with Tory Field of Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agricultural Systems in the Americas

Find out more about the book at www.harvesting-justice.org.

- See more at: http://uprisingradio.org/home/2013/07/26/harvesting-justice-transforming...

Food for Body, Food for Thought, Food for Justice: People’s Grocery in Oakland, California

July 23, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Part 22 of the Harvesting Justice series

Deepa Panchang co-authored this article.


Photo courtesy of People’s Grocery

The neighborhood of West Oakland in California has long been without a large grocery store, let alone one that offers healthy, fresh food. With unemployment at about 10% and nearly half the population of 30,000 residents living at or below the poverty line, West Oakland is a neighborhood that grocery store chains have claimed isn’t able to sustain a full-functioning store.[1]

FACING OFF: THE INTEGRATION OF CAPITAL V. THE INTEGRATION OF PEOPLES IN THE AMERICAS

July 22, 2013

from a speech by João Pedro Stédile,
Co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil

Edited by Beverly Bell


João Pedro Stédile, second from left, speaks to the Peasant Movement of Papay in Haiti. Photo: Beverly Bell.

João Pedro Stédile is an economist, co-founder and co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, and leader among Latin American social movements. He gave the following talk to hundreds of Haitian farmers at the 40th anniversary assembly of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) on March 18, 2013.

I’d like to bring to you the perspective of the Landless Workers Movement on this complex historic moment, and on the social movements we’re building in Latin America.

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Other Worlds is a women-driven, multi-media education and movement-building collaborative. Other Worlds inspires hope and knowledge that another world is possible, and helps build it. We compile and bring to light political, economic, social, and environmental alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, and inspire and help the public throughout the Americas open up new pathways to adapt and replicate them. We support the global movements that are propelling the alternatives. In the U.S., we seek to draw in new participants and strengthen existent efforts for economic justice, environmentally sound systems, and meaningful democracy.

“THE REVOLUTION IS GOING TO BE FOUGHT WITH THE HOE” AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT IN NEW MEXICO

July 17, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Part 20 of the Harvesting Justice series


Spring cleaning of the acequia that irrigates Sol Feliz farm. Acequias are a traditional irrigation system used through much of New Mexico, and managed democratically by the community. Photo by Miguel Santistevan.

“We’re surrounded by agricultural land but we have no food security. Right now we’re strapped to the global market,” said Miguel Santistevan, a New Mexican farmer and biologist. “Some people are trying to figure out how to set themselves free and are showing other people. It’s as if we were all tied to a train that’s headed off a cliff, and pretty soon a lot of us are saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to jump off this train before it goes.’

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