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For more information on these aspects, you can start at the following.

Food dumping, land rights, and agriculture links
  • The Institute for Economic Democracy1 covers a broad range of issues and ties them together very well. In relation to land rights and agriculture:
    • Subtly Monopolizing Land2
    • Unequal Trades in Agriculture3
  • Dumping Food Aid: Trade or Aid? (subsidized) Food Aid in kind: what is in it for the WTO (PDF Format) 4, Food, Trade and Nutrition Coalition and Wemos, April 2005. This briefing, presented to the WTO looks at the issue of food aid as food dumping, providing a summary of the major issues, and also the main global institutions and countries involved.
  • The Food, Trade and Nutrition Coalition5, a coalition of organizations works for the realization of the universal right to adequate food, particularly in relation to international trade negotiations at the WTO.
  • OneWorld’s Land Rights Guide6 also points out that it is not a shortage of land but a shortage of rights.
  • The Case for Small Farms7, an interview with Peter Rosset.
  • Free Lunches, Yes: Free Markets, No8 suggests that sharing common resources such as land is economically a sensible choice.
  • Land Rights in Africa9 has a lot of resources and information on the impacts of limited right to land in various African nations.
  • AlterNet.org, a web site of independent and alternative journalism provides a multipart look at some myths about industrial agriculture, highlighting a book, Fatal Harvest, from which the articles are extracted:
    • Myth one: Industrial agriculture will feed the world10
    • Myth two: Industrial food is safe, healthy, and nutritious11
    • Myth three: Industrial food is cheap12
    • Myth four: Industrial agriculture is efficient13
    • Myth five: Industrial food offers more choices14
    • Myth six: Industrial agriculture benefits the environment and wildlife15
Politics of hunger links
  • A three-part debate:
    1. Ten reasons why biotechnology will not ensure food security16, protect the environment and reduce poverty in the developing world. Altieri, M.A. and Rosset, P. (1999). AgBioForum, 2(3&4), 155-162.
    2. Ten reasons why biotechnology will be important to the developing world17. McGloughlin, M (1999). AgBioForum, 2(3&4), 163-174. (A reply to Altieri and Rosset’s points, above.)
    3. Strengthening the case for why biotechnology will not help the developing world18: a response to McGloughlin. Altieri, M.A. and Rosset, P. (1999). AgBioForum, 2(3&4), 226-236.
  • The Agroecology in Action19 web site looks at a scientific discipline that uses ecological theory to study, design, manage and evaluate agricultural systems that are productive but also resource conserving.
  • The Potential of Agroecology to Combat Hunger in the Developing World20 suggests an alternative which may provide a number of advantages over the Green Revolution which will also help empower and benefit local people. It is an example of articles on the above Agrecology web site.
  • 12 Myths About Hunger21 from the Institute for Food and Development Policy.
  • Lessons from the Green Revolution22 also from the Institute for Food and Development Policy.
  • Readings on Poverty, Hunger, and Economic Development23 from the Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism web site, by Richard H. Robbins of New York State University provides many more additional resources.
  • The Politics of Hunger24, by Ross Copeland, September 2000 provides an overview of the links between the politics/economics of poverty with hunger.
  • OneWorld.net UK’s Food Campaign25 section provides many articles from a wide variety of sources.

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Causes of Poverty

Poverty is the state for the majority of the world’s people and nations. Why is this? Is it enough to blame poor people for their own predicament? Have they been lazy, made poor decisions, and been solely responsible for their plight? What about their governments? Have they pursued policies that actually harm successful development? Such causes of poverty and inequality are no doubt real. But deeper and more global causes of poverty are often less discussed.

Read “Causes of Poverty” to learn more.

World Hunger and Poverty

Meaningful long-term alleviation of hunger is rooted in the alleviation of poverty, as poverty leads to hunger. World hunger is a terrible symptom of world poverty. If efforts are only directed at providing food, or improving food production or distribution, then the structural root causes that create hunger, poverty and dependency would still remain. While resources and energies are deployed to relieve hunger through technical measures such as improving agriculture, and as important as these are, inter-related issues such as poverty means that political solutions are likely required as well for meaningful and long term hunger alleviation.

Read “World Hunger and Poverty” to learn more.

Food and Agriculture Issues

Food and agriculture goes to the heart of our civilizations. Religions, cultures and even modern civilization have food and agriculture at their core. For an issue that goes to the heart of humanity it also has its ugly side.

This issue explores topics ranging from the global food crisis of 2008, to issues of food aid, world hunger, food dumping and wasteful agriculture such as growing tobacco, sugar, beef, and more.

Read “Food and Agriculture Issues” to learn more.

Genetically Engineered Food

Read “Genetically Engineered Food” to learn more.

Human Population

Read “Human Population” to learn more.

Food Dumping [Aid] Maintains Poverty

Food aid (when not for emergency relief) can actually be very destructive on the economy of the recipient nation and contribute to more hunger and poverty in the long term. Free, subsidized, or cheap food, below market prices undercuts local farmers, who cannot compete and are driven out of jobs and into poverty, further slanting the market share of the larger producers such as those from the US and Europe. Many poor nations are dependent on farming, and so such food aid amounts to food dumping. In the past few decades, more powerful nations have used this as a foreign policy tool for dominance rather than for real aid.

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Trade, Economy, & Related Issues

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Links and resources for more information

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