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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Expose Monsanto's toxic secret

Help shape a just trade system where all countries can support their small-scale farmers

Stop the land and seed grab

Call on the UK to withdraw its support from the New Alliance

Latest posts

A tale of two food systems


15 July 2016

Take away a farmer’s land, take away their seeds systems, and take away their independence. Now sell them a collection of expensive chemical fertilisers, one size fits all seeds and pesticides every year; all chaining them into a system of debt, and dependence on multinational corporations.

Fighting for seeds and soil: a film


31 May 2016

“The chemical based model of farming drains income because you have to buy seeds and buy fertilisers, to buy insecticide and buy pesticide. Organic farming is a lot more successful [and I don’t have] to buy from the shop.”

How to 'rebrand' Monsanto to expose the toxic truth


05 May 2016

If you look at Monsanto’s website you would think that it is an environmental campaign organisation. It sells itself and its products as safe, sustainable and good for farmers.

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.