You Are What You Eat


The Food Sovereignty Struggle within the Global Justice Movement

By: John E. Peck
executive director, Family Farm Defenders

Chapter 15 in the just released Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States - edited by the Team Colors Collective and published by AK Press.

I have a button on my backpack that says: “If You Are What You Eat, Then I’m Fast, Cheap, and Easy.” Thankfully, this quip is sarcastic in my case, but for many people, including many of those working for global justice, it is all too true. Whether due to marketing hype or sheer convenience, usually smart folks can fall down when it comes to what they put in their mouths. The personal is political, and this is reflected each time someone votes for “business as usual” by giving their money to a fast-food chain or big box retailer. The result is a broken food/farm system that is systematically abusing animals, exploiting workers, perverting biodiversity, undermining democracy, jeopardizing health, and destroying the planet. If we believe that another world is possible, then we need to radically transform how we eat, and this means incorporating food sovereignty into our thinking and organizing.

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Recovering the FAO’s objective

Interview with Fausto Torres of La Via Campesina Nicaragua

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The international organization Via Campesina, which gathers peasants from all over the world, welcomes the consultations called by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) around the tendency and use of land, to be carried out this week in Brasilia.

The leader of the Rural Workers’ Association of Nicaragua, Fausto Torres, says this is a chance to influence in the international policies on food sovereignty and the production and development models imposed by capitalism through agribusiness.

However, the Central American activist warns that even though the FAO allows for a certain level of influence and exchange between the organizations, the aspirations of the peasant, environmental, indigenous, women and young peoples’ movements should not go unnoticed.

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La Via Campesina joins the first action of the week of social struggle in Madrid!


A delegation of Via Campesina took part today in an action organized by a group based in Madrid called "Rompamos el Silencio."

It is the first in a series of actions this week against the neoliberal domestic and foreign policies  of the European Union, as more than 60 heads of state meet under the Spanish presidency of the EU to sign bilateral trade agreements that favor the entry of multinationals in Latin American markets. 

Activists along with members of the delegation hung a banner in front of the offices of Monsanto, planted crosses in front and threw “blood bombs” at the banner.

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Dairy farmers in Europe and Latin America disappear – but agribusinesses stand to make big profits!

La Via Campesina International with representatives from Europe and Latin America are meeting in Madrid from the 14th to 18th of May to affirm their united opposition to the trade agreements which threaten small and medium sized producers from both continents.

The EU is holding a summit in Madrid with Latin American leaders where it hopes to close the aggressive agreements during the Spanish presidency of the EU.

These agreements have no benefit whatsoever to farmers and citizens on either side of the Atlantic.

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