[OPE] food sovereignty: accelerating into disaster - when banks manage the food crisis

From: <glevy@pratt.edu>
Date: Mon Feb 23 2009 - 08:15:52 EST

* Food sovereignty: Accelerating into disaster -- when banks manage the
food crisis - http://feedblitz.com/r.asp?l=38238976&f=343373&u=12973661

January 26, 2009 -- Against the dramatic
background of a profound global food and general economic crisis the
Spanish government organised the &euro;&oelig;High Level
Ministerial Meeting on Food Security for All&euro; on the January
26-27, 2009, in Madrid.

The emergency of today is rooted in
decades of neoliberal policies that dismantled the international
institutional architecture for food and agriculture and undermined the
capacity of national governments to protect their food producers and
consumers. The central cause of the current food crisis is the relentless
promotion of the interests of large industrial corporations and the
international trade that they control, to the detriment of food production
at the local and national levels and the needs and interests of local food
producers and communities. At the World Food Summit in 1996, when there
were an estimated 830 million hungry people, governments pledged to halve
the number by 2015. Today, in the midst of a terrible food crisis, the
figure of hungry people has risen to well beyond 1 billion.

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