Organisations

Pros


La Via Campesina

Logo-LVC_smAn international movement of peasants, small-medium-sized producers, landless, women farmers, indigenous people, rural youth migrants and agricultural workers. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity.
La Via Campesina (LVC) comprises about 150 local and national organisations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, representing over 200 million farmers and their families. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.

1. Defending Peasants Rights


FIAN International

FIAN consists of national sections and individual members in over 50 countries around the world. Their vision is a world free from hunger, in which every woman, man and child can fully enjoy their human rights in dignity, particularly the right to adequate food, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.


GRAIN

grain logoGRAIN works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. Corporations; seed sovereignty; land grabbing; and climate crisis – are the themes of their work – vigorously documenting the ways in which the industrial food system damages lives, livelihoods and ecologies.


Seed Freedom

Seed Freedom actively organises an international network of individuals and organisations, runs global events, campaigning around biodiversity, soil, seeds, and earth democracy.

Seed Freedom is an outgrowth of Vandana Shiva’s project, Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers in India. Navdanya has helped set up 111 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed sovereigntyfood sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in India.


The Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety is an environmental advocacy organisation working to protect human health and the environment by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through its True Food Network in curbing the use of harmful food production technologies. Videos…


On The Commons

OTC works to foster a commons-based society, a shift away from the market-based system through new, collaborative ways of working, such as co-creative initiatives to promote involvement in commoning — by using resources crafted by network members. OTC sponsors a network (which you can join) of commons animateurs — people from all walks of life who play a role helping communities and organisations to see new possibilities, to claim and share resources in more equitable ways, and to develop new capacities for a brighter future.


Food Democracy Now!

Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.

The food system is fundamentally broken. The few companies who dominate the market, prioritise profits over people and the environment. Government policies put the interests of corporate agribusiness over the livelihoods of farm families and the health of consumers.

Through campaigns, legal means and community activism FDN works to build a food system that gives communities equal access to healthy food, and respects the dignity of the farmers who produce it.

Cons

These organisations have been welded into a conglomerate of global instruments for extracting wealth from the death throes of planet Earth. Some are focused on the ends, others on the means: all using the U.S. government’s financial, political and military might as needed to develop those interests worldwide; while proclaiming their own merits for benefiting the world.


Monsanto

Consistently voted the worst company in the world, and among the most-hated in America: developed Aspartame the (carcinogenic) artificial sweetener used by the beverage industry;  now  better known for its (carcinogenic) herbicide RoundUp; owns most of the world’s seeds; produces Bt-toxic GMOs; and various spin-offs from genetic engineering. Watch ‘Why are We Being Feed by a Poisons Expert?‘ (5 mins.)


Syngenta

A seed company. Over the last few decades, a handful of agribusiness giants have acquired much of the world’s seed supply.Just five companies – Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow and Bayer – account for 62% of world seed sales.

Such a consolidation of seed control has resulted in higher seed prices and declining choice of seed varieties, thousands of farmers sued for seed-saving, and sharply increased dependence on toxic pesticides – both weed-killing herbicides and insecticides.


World Bank

While proclaiming its member countries as its decision-making shareholders, its private owners, (eg. Rothschild family, 15%) are increasingly harder to unmask. In practice the U.S. has overriding power.
Over the last decade, projects funded by the World Bank have physically or economically displaced an estimated 3.4 million people, forcing them from their homes, taking their land or damaging their livelihoods. More…


World Trade Organisation

Now organises and polices all aspects of Free Trade Agreements. WTO replaced GATT [General Agreement on Trade & Tariffs] in 1999, specifically to include agricultural products and to establish mechanisms for international proprietorship (most intentionally over plant and animal materials).


International Monetary Fund

The IMF was created to contribute to global financial stability (prevent Great Depressions). Widely known for indebting corruptible politicians into surrendering their country’s assets through Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs), the IMF has risen to become the world’s most powerful international financial organisation, depriving entire generations of their hopes for a better future by blackmailing countries and pillaging whole continents for almost seven decades.
See Pillaging the World: The History and Politics of the IMF, Ernst Wolf, (2014).


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Heroes

Prof. Vanadan Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Dr. Shiva’s work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe. More…


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Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin is a American family farmer at the forefront of the trend toward local food and grass-fed meat. A passionate presenter and prolific communicator Salatin is especially vocal about government regulations that make life difficult for the small farmer — his most recent book is titled Everything I Want to Do is Illegal. More…


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Noam Chomsky

Professor Chomsky (MIT) is a highly-esteemed author, orator and an intellectual hero for all those who seek truth and justice via rational discourse and social commentary.
Regarded as one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy, his interviews are often found in documentaries on social and political justice such as Four Horsemen (2012).

If you’re in favour of freedom of speech, that means you’re in favour of freedom of speech precisely for the views you despise. Otherwise you’re not in favour of freedom of speech.”

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Howard Zinn

Historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist. His life’s work focused on a wide range of issues including race, class, war, and history, and touched the lives of countless people.

Zinn authored dozens of books. His best-seller, A People’s History of the United States, is now required reading in many college history courses.

His semi-autobiographical film You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train (2009) asserts the necessity of nonviolent civil disobedience.
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Professor Micheal Pollan

Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton, in continuing the mission of permaculture founder Bill Mollison has, since 1996 worked in many regions around the world to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites.

Geoff has been prolific in his productions of videos, short and long documentaries detailing the concepts and adaptions of the permaculture system of agricultural and social design. In this way he has been able to bring a massive and growing audience to this subject.

1. Permaculture News
2. Introduction to Permaculture Design (2009)


Professor Micheal Pollan

Michael Pollan

Author, journalist, activist, and professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Passionate about the need for changing the ‘food system’ Michael is one of the most in-depth presenters on this complex subject.

1. Best seller: The Omnivore’s Dilemma
2. In lecture: The Food Movement Rising (2012) – [youTube: 90mins]


Professor Micheal Pollan

Edward Snowden

We all owe 30-year-old whistleblower Edward Snowden a big thanks for risking everything to do the right thing and expose how the US NSA has been indiscriminately spying on millions of people across the world.

1. Watch: Citizen Four (trailer)