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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Stop the land and seed grab

Call on the UK to withdraw its support from the New Alliance - a controversial aid scheme that is threatening small-scale farmers.

Stop Bayer's takeover of Monsanto

A soon-to-be-born mega-agribusiness is set to control the world's food system. But we can still stop this. Please call on anti-competition regulators to prevent this.

Latest posts

Farm Heroes Vs Monsanto: defeat corporate power in our new game


22 September 2016

In our latest game, Farm Heroes vs Monsanto, you can help a gang of cutsie farm animals take on the global seed and pesticide magnate Monsanto (fittingly represented as the fat cat).

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.

Latest news

A spoof video game pits ‘Farm Heroes’ up against controversial agribusiness giant Monsanto as they struggle to wrestle control of their farms away from the corporation.

Responding to the news that Monsanto had accepted a takeover offer from Bayer, and would potentially create the world's biggest seed and pesticide company, Aisha Dodwell, a food campaigner from Global Justice Now said:

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.