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.

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Monsanto: Taking control of the food system

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

Four months to #StopGlyphosate


23 February 2017

Earlier this month, Corporate Europe Observatory joined a broad pan-European coalition in launching a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate and improve the weak EU pesticides approval procedure.

The long, hard fight against food speculation


23 February 2017

It has been almost a decade since the global financial crisis where financial traders and banks played fast and hard with excessive risk and burnt the global economy. The global price of food was not off-limits and food prices rocketed with excessive levels of speculation on the commodities markets, leaving worsening global hunger in its wake.

Step up and reject weak rules on food speculation


02 February 2017

Its been a long fight to stop corporations from treating food as a gambling chip in the financial markets. Back in 2008, prices for staple foods like wheat and corn rocketed to record levels in the global food crisis, unleashing hunger and social unrest in many countries.

Latest news

The new report, published by Global Justice Now and the New Economics Foundation, argues that coming out of CAP after Brexit presents an opportunity to overhaul the system of subsidies in a way that not only saves the taxpayer £1.1 billion, but also ensures that public money is used for public goods like fighting climate change, restoring the environment, revitalising local economies and creating new jobs in the UK food system.

Responding to Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom's speech at the Oxford Farming Conference on 'Ambition for food and farming industry', NIck Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

European parliamentary leaders are attempting to block a move for the controversial new corporate courts system in the EU Canada trade deal (CETA) to be scrutinized by the European Court of Justice.

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Farmers under fire

February 2017

The global fight for small farmers’ rights

Small farmers feed the majority of the world’s population, yet they are experiencing escalating levels of violence and oppression.
Their existence, livelihoods, and communities are threatened by the expansion of global agribusiness, which is grabbing their lands and destroying the environment they rely on for food production.

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From handouts to the super-rich to a hand-up for small-scale farmers

January 2017

In the wake of Brexit our agricultural policy is suddenly up for grabs. Since 1973, the UK farming sector has been shaped by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its subsidies.