- Who Will Feed Us? is a data-driven report full of unexpected statistics that reveal a tale of two food systems. This is the third edition, and most complete synthesis, of a research exercise that we have been undertaking for several years. Who Will Feed Us? upturns common assumptions about who feeds whom in a hungry world threatened by climate change.Some highlights of the report:
1.Peasants (not food corporations) feed the world: 70% of the world’s population is fed by the Peasant Food Web, using only 25% of resources.
2.Industrial food production fails to feed: Only 24% of the food produced by the Industrial Food Chain actually reaches people – the rest is wasted in meat production inefficiencies; lost in transport, storage and at the household; and diverted to non-food products.
3.Industrial food costs us more: For every dollar spent on industrial food, it costs another 2 dollars to clean up the mess
The theme of World Food Day 2017 is changing the face of migration by investing in food security and rural development. With the right policies, land and rights, peasant-led agroecological strategies could double or even triple rural employment, substantially reducing the pressure for urban migration, significantly improve nutritional quality and availability and eliminate hunger while slashing agriculture’s GHG emissions by more than 90%.
The report is available to download in English (1.4MB, pdf), Spanish and in November 2017, French. For further information, or to give feedback or new information: whowillfeedus -at- etcgroup.org.
- National Food Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence), India A short description (and pictures) of the 2nd National Food Alternatives Confluence held in the first week of October in Rajasthan, India, may be of interest: https://ashishkothari51.blogspot.in/2017/10/a-confluence-of-food-alternatives.html.
- From Social Movements to ‘Other’ Societies in Movement. See links below to an indispensable 2-part essay written by analyst, scholar & student of movement, Raúl Zibechi, posted at Al revés Mundial /Upside Down World [http://upsidedownworld.org]. Very useful for those interested in social movement, indigenous movement, struggles against un-controlled extractivism and toward building renewed (‘other’) societies, and many other issues, especially in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico.