Food as a commodity

The Globalization of Food: Farming our Way to Famine for 500 Years

There are many ways to think about the globalization of food and some of the more common ones are that it is historically recent, economically viable and great for our wallets and personal menu plans

The Famine Myth

Public education and awareness

If I stopped you on the street and told you that the spectre of famine was once again stalking the African continent, that millions were at risk of starving to death, what would be your reaction? If you’re the average North American or European, you would probably shake your head sadly and wonder when these people were going to get it together in terms of limiting population growth and producing enough food to feed themselves. More charitably, you might blame the weather and continued drought in some regions. These are the three famine myths – not enough food, too many people, bad weather – that permit famine to strike again and again in the developing world with not so much as a peep of outrage from us, the increasingly obese developed world.

Why Organic – Organics has spread from being a lifestyle for the Mother Earth News crowd into the world of the Cosmopolitan and Vogue crowd.

Roll a shopping cart through the produce section of your local grocery store and you’ll see an increasing duplication of foods. These avocadoes are $.99 and those are $1.49. This broccoli is $1.49 a bunch, and that broccoli is $1.99. The only visible difference is a higher price for often smaller produce labelled “Certified Organic.” Why pay extra?

Community Gardening as Revolutionary Praxis – The Argument for growing your own!

Global Fair Trade’s mandate is to illuminate the connections between humans and the environment on the one hand, and the local and the global on the other. From our perspective, there is nothing finer than an initiative like community gardening for showing how this works and it is so essential for forging a future that is humane and sustainable. Community gardening and local green space initiatives have the potential to undermine the unstable and inhumane global food system while reducing our impact on climate change and forging necessary ties that bind us together in workable societies. That seems like a tall order for a window box of fresh herbs or some backyard tomatoes but here’s how it works.