Food

The problem with the industrial food system

Big corporations  are increasing their control over the global food system, at the expense of small-scale farmers. And aid money from the UK is being used to fuel this corporate takeover.

The UK-backed aid scheme, New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, is helping big business control more of Africa’s land and seeds,.In exchange for aid and corporate investment, African countries have to make changes in their laws on seeds and land which take resources away from local producers.

Monsanto is one of the largest seed companies in the world and one of the corporations behind the New Alliance. Its control of seeds and chemicals disempowers small-scale producers globally. 

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The alternative to corporate control

Small-scale farmers feed 70% of the world’s population. Farmers groups around the world are fighting for food sovereignty - to keep control over land and seeds and to use low-cost, environmentally friendly techniques to feed local communities. 

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Seeds of Freedom Tanzania: A film


11 August 2016

We are told that Tanzania has an abundance of available fertile land, but that production is inefficient, based on many small farms, and needs modernisation through private sector investment in large-scale high-input industrial agriculture. Critics maintain that Africa has been lined up for corporate agribusiness market penetration, with a focus on land and water, food and bio-fuels.

Time for a UK agricultural policy that doesn’t subsidise the rich


05 August 2016

Let’s get one thing straight. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a disaster. It is essentially a £50 billion welfare system for the landed gentry and other big landowners across Europe. While people who genuinely need public funds find their benefits cut to the bone, these people get huge amounts of public money for doing absolutely nothing.

How do we hold corporations like Monsanto to account?


03 August 2016

Monsanto may not be a household name in the UK but as one of the world's leading seed and chemical companies, its activities affect us all. Its best-selling weedkiller is made from a chemical called glyphosate that the World Health Organisation has found to probably cause cancer. Yet its use is now so widespread that traces are found in one out of every three loaves of bread in the UK.

Latest news

Organisations representing the health and long-term interests of millions of British citizens have called on government to adopt common-sense food, farming and fishing policies that are good for jobs, health and the environment, when they plan for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

On Tuesday lunchtime the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to accept a highly critical report made by the EU Development Committee on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – an aid initiative that has received £600 million from DFID.
 

Today was the EU’s third attempt to reach a decision about whether or not to relicense glyphosate for use in Europe. But, as with the previous two attempts to reach a decision on glyphosate’s European licence, the Expert Committee has yet again been unable to come to a decision. This was despite the fact that the original proposal to grant a 15 year relicense had been reduced to a 12-18 month temporary relicense.