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Dr. Vandana Shiva: Occupy our food supply!

We must Occupy Our Food Supply because corporations are destroying our seed and soil, our water and land, our climate, and biodiversity. Forty percent of the greenhouse gases that are destabilizing the climate right now come from corporate industrial agriculture. Seventy percent of water is wasted for industrial agriculture. Seventy-five percent of biodiversity has been lost due to industrial monocultures.

Grist
Monday, February 27, 2012

Global Day of Action: Occupy Our Food Supply Food justice advocates rise up to confront corporate control of our food system

An alliance of Occupy groups, environmental and food justice organizations have called for a global day of action on February 27 to resist corporate control of our food system and to work towards a healthy food supply for all.

 Occupy Our Food Supply is a call facilitated by Rainforest Action Network and is supported by over 60 Occupy groups and over 30 organizations including Family Farm Defenders, National Family Farms Coalition and Pesticide Action Network.

Common Dreams
Friday, February 24, 2012

Why We Must Occupy Our Food Supply

Our food is under threat. It is felt by every family farmer who has lost their land and livelihood, every parent who can't find affordable or healthy ingredients in their neighborhood, every person worried about foodborne illnesses thanks to lobbyist-weakened food safety laws, every farmworker who faces toxic pesticides in the fields as part of a day's work.

When our food is at risk we are all at risk.

The Huffington Post
Friday, February 24, 2012

Green Deserts: The Palm Oil Conflict

A team of Indonesia’s elite special mobile brigade national police unit (BRIMOB) evicted people from three settlements in the rural outpost of Batin Sembilan in Sumatra, Indonesia, in August 2011. The police fired guns to scare them off, and then deployed heavy machinery to destroy their dwellings and bulldoze them into the nearby creeks, according to a report published by a team from U.K.-based Forest Peoples Programme, U.S.-based Rainforest Action Network along with Sawitwatch in Indonesia.

CorpWatch
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Occupy Our Food Supply Day of Action Unites Prominent Food Authors, Occupy Groups, Mommy Bloggers, Environmentalists from Oakland to Italy

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Monday, February 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO— Organizers call today’s Occupy our Food Supply day of action a resounding success. The day included more than 100 events across the globe, united an unprecedented alliance of more than 60 Occupy groups and 30 environmental, food and corporate accountability organizations, and featured prominent voices including Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, music legend Willie Nelson, actor Woody Harrelson, authors Raj Patel, Anna Lappe, Gary Paul Nabhan, author Michael Ableman and Marion Nestle, among others.

Activists protest Cargill's influence

Agricultural company Cargill is fully aware that its business practices contribute to the destruction of rainforests, activists said from Minneapolis.

Activists with environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network demonstrated in front of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange to protest Cargill's political influence in the United States.

Protesters said Cargill was responsible not only for the destruction of rainforests in countries like Indonesia but its practices contribute to what Rainforest Action Network described as slave labor.

UPI
Monday, January 23, 2012

“Occupy Cargill” Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill Inc.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

For Immediate Release

Interviews available; High resolution photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/sets/72157628971466...

CONTACT:

Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161

Ashley Schaeffer, 707.391.8208

“Occupy Cargill” Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill Inc.

Marchers protest legal concept of ‘corporate personhood’ on 2nd anniversary of Citizens United Supreme Court ruling

New California Slave Labor Law (SB 657) To Expose Ugly Side of Many Common Commodities; Impact 3200 Companies

Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Contact:

Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161

Cargill should do more to end use of problematic palm oil, says RAN

As part of our coverage of the 9th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil currently underway in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, mongabay.com is interviewing participants and attendees.

mongabay.com
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cargill: Inside the quiet giant that rules the food business

FORTUNE -- Greg Page's only misgiving about the job offer he received from Cargill in 1974 was that it was from Cargill. He had grown up in tiny Bottineau, N.D., six miles from the Canadian border. His dad was the local John Deere dealer, who also owned an 800-acre hobby farm with 40 cows. "Cargill has historically had probably mixed sentiments about it out on the prairie," says Page. "That's who you sold your grain to." Farmers knew that if they didn't keep their wits about them, they might well get squeezed by the food giant. You knew to "keep a weather eye out," he says.

CNNMoney
Thursday, October 27, 2011