Global Sustainable Food and Resources Cultivation, Production and Distribution

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… In 2009, for the first time in human history, over a billion people were officially classified as living in hunger. As the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) confirmed, this record total was not a consequence of poor global harvests or natural disasters. Hungeron this scale is the result of a global economy in which hundreds of millions of small farmers, fisher folk, pastoralists and indigenous people have faced ruin through the hijacking of the global food system by large agribusiness and food retailers ...

... The global food system is in crisis. Decisions about what is produced, what is consumed and who has access to food are defined by multinational corporations that control the entire food chain. These companies have continued to make billions in profits even as record numbers of people go hungry …

… While multinational food and retail companies have taken control of the food chain, countries of the global South that used to produce the food they consume have become dependent on food aid and imports from the USA and EU. In the early 1960s, Southern countries enjoyed an agricultural trade surplus approaching $7bn per year. By the end of the 1980s, this surplus had completely disappeared …

… Hunger does not exist due to an absence of food. It is widely acknowledged that the world has enough food to feed everyone, and that hunger and malnutrition are due to unequal levels of income and access to food. The problem lies in the production and distribution of food and, more importantly, who is in control of the food chain …

… “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally
appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable
methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture
systems… Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees
just incomes to all peoples as well as the rights of consumers to control
their food and nutrition... Food sovereignty implies new social relations
free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial
groups, social and economic classes and generations.” …

… War on Want is committed to building the global movement for food sovereignty. Together with our partner organizations and other allies within La Via Campesina, we call on all people to join the millions of small farmers, fisher folk, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and consumers across the globe who are demanding adoption of the food sovereignty framework. We call on all national governments and international institutions to endorse and implement the framework. We urgently need a new global system for how we produce, distribute and consume food …

The above are exertions from Food Sovereignty (enclosed link) for urgent global actions from global grass root communities and organization to solve global hunger and poverty.

If the global food and resources cultivation, production, consumption and distribution are not transformed effectively, meaningfully and rapidly; global hunger, diseases, poverty, conflicts and chaos will further escalate due to factors such as environment degradation, resources scarcity, population increases, communities and societies break down and global warming and climate change.

Food Sovereignty (http://www.waronwant.org/attachments/Food%20Sovereignty%20briefing,%20with%20logo,%20Aug%202011.PDF)



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