The latest from GRAIN

The corn conflict between Mexico and the USA: smoke and mirrors

A months-old conflict is pitting Mexico against the USA over the acceptance or rejection of biotech imports. Mexico wants to ban GM corn imports for direct human consumption. The USA is threatening sanctions.

A months-old conflict is pitting Mexico against the USA over the acceptance or rejection of biotech imports. Mexico wants to ban GM corn imports for direct human consumption. The USA is threatening sanctions.

Beyond the ‘informal economy’ of food distribution

Some have adopted terms like “solidarity economy” or “people’s sector” to more accurately convey the important role that the workers of the so-called "informal sector" play in the local economy and their key contribution in providing food to everyone. In this edition of the bulletin, we share stories of resilient Palestinian women farmers producing food boxes and of farmers in Laos using strategies to market their products in the face of a fuel price spike.

Some have adopted terms like “solidarity economy” or “people’s sector” to more accurately convey the important role that the workers of the so-called "informal sector" play in the local economy and their key contribution in providing food to everyone. In this edition of the bulletin, we share stories of resilient Palestinian women farmers producing food boxes and of farmers in Laos using strategies to market their products in the face of a fuel price spike.

The avocados of wrath

Avocados are the world’s third-largest fruit commodity. Their production is taking up an ever-growing area and continually expanding into new countries. What are the implications? What forces are driving it? How does this model, working on both global and local scales, manage to keep prices high?

Avocados are the world’s third-largest fruit commodity. Their production is taking up an ever-growing area and continually expanding into new countries. What are the implications? What forces are driving it? How does this model, working on both global and local scales, manage to keep prices high?

Will more sovereign wealth funds mean less food sovereignty?

A handful of actors form the centre of gravity of global agricultural investing by sovereign wealth funds. Find out what “sovereign wealth funds” are and how they go against people’s struggles for foodsovereignty.

A handful of actors form the centre of gravity of global agricultural investing by sovereign wealth funds. Find out what “sovereign wealth funds” are and how they go against people’s struggles for foodsovereignty.

Insights into the evolution of China's agri-food system

China’s globalised food strategies have led the country into a “contradiction” between self-sufficiency and food imports. In this interview, GRAIN assesses the impacts of the now corporate-based food system over the last four decades.

China’s globalised food strategies have led the country into a “contradiction” between self-sufficiency and food imports. In this interview, GRAIN assesses the impacts of the now corporate-based food system over the last four decades.

GRAIN's 2022 activity report

How did forces shaping the global food system unfold in 2022? Read GRAIN’s annual report to see how corporates pushed & social movements fought back around trade deals, land, the climate & seed struggles.

How did forces shaping the global food system unfold in 2022? Read GRAIN’s annual report to see how corporates pushed & social movements fought back around trade deals, land, the climate & seed struggles.

Hunger profiteers in Latin America

Latin America is the world's largest exporter of food, but 4 in 10 people live with food insecurity in the region. Meanwhile, corporations and investors are making record profits by further entrenching impoverished food systems.

Latin America is the world's largest exporter of food, but 4 in 10 people live with food insecurity in the region. Meanwhile, corporations and investors are making record profits by further entrenching impoverished food systems.

The need for regulations that protect street vendors from extortion, harassment and evictions

Street vendors are not just a common sight in Asian cities, they are essential to the local economy and food systems. Failure to support street vendors would not only harm their livelihoods but also negatively impact the economy as a whole.

Street vendors are not just a common sight in Asian cities, they are essential to the local economy and food systems. Failure to support street vendors would not only harm their livelihoods but also negatively impact the economy as a whole.

China and Vietnam’s questionable strategy to control Asia’s pig pandemic

In this update to previous GRAIN reports on African swine fever, we look into China and Vietnam’s questionable strategy for controlling Asia’s pig pandemic; the corporate interests behind it, and the harmful effects this is having on Asia’s fragile rural livelihoods.

In this update to previous GRAIN reports on African swine fever, we look into China and Vietnam’s questionable strategy for controlling Asia’s pig pandemic; the corporate interests behind it, and the harmful effects this is having on Asia’s fragile rural livelihoods.

Private equity sharks take a bite out of the 'blue economy'

The concentration of the global fishing industry into the hands of elite private equity groups does not offer communities any solution to their struggles for livelihoods, food sovereignty and justice. With all the issues dogging the industry – from labour exploitation to vast environmental pollution – there is no chance that private equity firms will bring about the right changes.

The concentration of the global fishing industry into the hands of elite private equity groups does not offer communities any solution to their struggles for livelihoods, food sovereignty and justice. With all the issues dogging the industry – from labour exploitation to vast environmental pollution – there is no chance that private equity firms will bring about the right changes.

One-fifth of total food system emissions comes from global food miles

In this edition of Supermarket Asia Bulletin: One-fifth of total food system emissions comes from global food miles; Is the ‘solidarity economy’ an alternative for China’s urban food supply?; Make Amazon Pay coalition kicks off a new wave of Black Friday strikes and protests; Can Japan feed itself?...And more!

In this edition of Supermarket Asia Bulletin: One-fifth of total food system emissions comes from global food miles; Is the ‘solidarity economy’ an alternative for China’s urban food supply?; Make Amazon Pay coalition kicks off a new wave of Black Friday strikes and protests; Can Japan feed itself?...And more!

Getting out of the food-energy-climate crisis

Today’s high prices for energy and food are intimately linked. But they are also intensely connected to how corporations exercise control over consumers, decision-makers and workers. Finding a way out of this “polycrisis” requires a deep transformation in how energy and food are produced and distributed, with actions that challenge corporate control head on.

Today’s high prices for energy and food are intimately linked. But they are also intensely connected to how corporations exercise control over consumers, decision-makers and workers. Finding a way out of this “polycrisis” requires a deep transformation in how energy and food are produced and distributed, with actions that challenge corporate control head on.

The fertiliser trap: the rising cost of farming’s addiction to chemical fertilisers

The era of cheap fertilisers is over. The costs have become too much to bear— both in terms of the financial burden for farmers and public budgets, the severe environmental and health impacts, and the long-term risks to food security. But there are ways out of this apparent dead end.

The era of cheap fertilisers is over. The costs have become too much to bear— both in terms of the financial burden for farmers and public budgets, the severe environmental and health impacts, and the long-term risks to food security. But there are ways out of this apparent dead end.

Farms, arms and Israel's agro-diplomacy

Israeli agribusiness has developed out of a militarised and illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and, in recent years, its growth is closely tied to the promotion of Israel's political and economic agenda abroad. This report pulls back the curtain on the little-known Israeli companies pushing large-scale industrial agriculture projects across the global South.

Israeli agribusiness has developed out of a militarised and illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and, in recent years, its growth is closely tied to the promotion of Israel's political and economic agenda abroad. This report pulls back the curtain on the little-known Israeli companies pushing large-scale industrial agriculture projects across the global South.

Free trade agreements: Mexico. How to get out of corporate submission?

Mexicans suffered devastating impacts of NAFTA: loss of food sovereignty to cheap imports, privatisation of seeds, loss of land and livelihoods, increasing crime, labour rights abuses, and more. They learned, however, one overarching lesson.

Mexicans suffered devastating impacts of NAFTA: loss of food sovereignty to cheap imports, privatisation of seeds, loss of land and livelihoods, increasing crime, labour rights abuses, and more. They learned, however, one overarching lesson.