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The blog is a place where GRAIN staff and others post their comments, suggestions, hints and assessments of documents, places or events. Or just share information that we think is interesting.

Nyéléni 15: Smallholder agri-investments

In October the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) will meet to discuss principles for ‘Responsible investments in agriculture’. We must shout out the message that not all investment is the same. And ask important questions - Investment in what type of agriculture? By whom? For whose benefit?

In October the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) will meet to discuss principles for ‘Responsible investments in agriculture’. We must shout out the message that not all investment is the same. And ask important questions - Investment in what type of agriculture? By whom? For whose benefit?

Message to Brazilian agribusiness congressmen

The National Congress of Brazil will soon be deciding on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the Congress exclusive authority to decide where the boundaries of all indigenous lands lie, including any lands previously demarcated and ratified by the Executive Branch of the government. Worried about the future of his people, a Guarani man called Pedro Vicente Karai Miri recorded this message to the congressmen.

The National Congress of Brazil will soon be deciding on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the Congress exclusive authority to decide where the boundaries of all indigenous lands lie, including any lands previously demarcated and ratified by the Executive Branch of the government. Worried about the future of his people, a Guarani man called Pedro Vicente Karai Miri recorded this message to the congressmen.

Take ‘mosaic’ approach to agriculture, boost support for small farmers, UNCTAD Report urges

Farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food, a new UNCTAD report recommends.

Farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food, a new UNCTAD report recommends.

Factory Food From Above: Satellite Images of Industrial Farms

Seen from a satellite, an industrial feedlot has a sort of abstract beauty. The washes of colors, the juxtaposition of organic and rigid geometries, initially obscure the subject. Then comes the realization: That’s where our food comes from.

Seen from a satellite, an industrial feedlot has a sort of abstract beauty. The washes of colors, the juxtaposition of organic and rigid geometries, initially obscure the subject. Then comes the realization: That’s where our food comes from.

Half of China's antibiotics now go to livestock

Tom Philpott explains how China's booming use of antibiotics in meat production stems from its following of a model of industrial livestock farming developed by US corporations.

Tom Philpott explains how China's booming use of antibiotics in meat production stems from its following of a model of industrial livestock farming developed by US corporations.

Why unions need to join the climate fight

Naomi Klein, addressing the founding convention of a new Canadian workers union, arguing that the fight against the climate crisis should be at the centre of their struggle. Radical, refreshing and cutting through myths and stereotypes.

Naomi Klein, addressing the founding convention of a new Canadian workers union, arguing that the fight against the climate crisis should be at the centre of their struggle. Radical, refreshing and cutting through myths and stereotypes.

Our seed, our sovereignty - seed law victory in Indonesia

Since 2005, 14 farmer breeders in East Java have been prosecuted for "stealing seed" from corporations. But a judicial review by Indonesia's constitutional court has just found key parts of the law used to go after the farmers are unconstitutional.

Since 2005, 14 farmer breeders in East Java have been prosecuted for "stealing seed" from corporations. But a judicial review by Indonesia's constitutional court has just found key parts of the law used to go after the farmers are unconstitutional.

Africa’s food sovereignty under attack by corporate Interests

Africa’s diversity and knowledge systems are being threatened by corporate and genetically modified (GM) seeds, agro-chemicals, resource grabs and laws that prevent farmers from freely using, sharing or selling their seed.

Africa’s diversity and knowledge systems are being threatened by corporate and genetically modified (GM) seeds, agro-chemicals, resource grabs and laws that prevent farmers from freely using, sharing or selling their seed.

Our coming food crisis

So you thought that the climate crisis will mostly affect poor farmers in the tropics? Here's a sobering account in the New York Times on what's happing to farmers in the US South West, by Gary Nabhan. Pluse a battery of sensible proposals of what could be done. Problem is that the main farmers organisations and agribusness aren't interested.

So you thought that the climate crisis will mostly affect poor farmers in the tropics? Here's a sobering account in the New York Times on what's happing to farmers in the US South West, by Gary Nabhan. Pluse a battery of sensible proposals of what could be done. Problem is that the main farmers organisations and agribusness aren't interested.

Calling in the corporates

The latest issue of Frontline magazine focuses on the push to expand corporate agriculture in India.

The latest issue of Frontline magazine focuses on the push to expand corporate agriculture in India.

"From planting to plate"

The Let's Liberate Diversity! Forum is an annual gathering of farmers, seed-savers and groups from all across Europe who are working on bringing agricultural biodiversity to life on farms and in gardens. This year the forum will devote special attention to practices - 'from planting to plate' - which contribute to the sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity as outlined in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The Let's Liberate Diversity! Forum is an annual gathering of farmers, seed-savers and groups from all across Europe who are working on bringing agricultural biodiversity to life on farms and in gardens. This year the forum will devote special attention to practices - 'from planting to plate' - which contribute to the sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity as outlined in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Bubble bursts on next generation biofuels

Investments in next generation biofuels have shrunk from a high of US$7.6 billion in the last quarter of 2007 to US$57 million in the 1st quarter of 2013, leaving future demand to continue being met by the use of food crops.

Investments in next generation biofuels have shrunk from a high of US$7.6 billion in the last quarter of 2007 to US$57 million in the 1st quarter of 2013, leaving future demand to continue being met by the use of food crops.

US Embassy must be open and transparent on GMO debate in Ghana

Following our call for a moratorium on genetically modified foods and crops in Ghana, Food Sovereignty Ghana has received an invitation from the US Embassy in Accra to a CLOSED DOOR “Roundtable Discussion and an Interdisciplinary Presentation on Biotechnology at the US Embassy on July 10”.  

Following our call for a moratorium on genetically modified foods and crops in Ghana, Food Sovereignty Ghana has received an invitation from the US Embassy in Accra to a CLOSED DOOR “Roundtable Discussion and an Interdisciplinary Presentation on Biotechnology at the US Embassy on July 10”.  

Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders

In honoring the seed biotechnology industry, this year's World Food Prize -- to many, the most prestigious prize in food and agriculture -- betrays the award's own mandate to emphasize "the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people."

In honoring the seed biotechnology industry, this year's World Food Prize -- to many, the most prestigious prize in food and agriculture -- betrays the award's own mandate to emphasize "the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people."