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October 28, 2009

Liquid Justice

While it may be obvious to say this, it's sometimes hard to remember: Our food, everything we eat and drink, comes from somewhere, not just the back room of the local grocery store. Coffee, in particular, has to get from...


October 22, 2009

Got food? Check for bees

Whilst The Co-operative and others are investigating what could be causing the disappearance of bees, here are some simple (and fun) things you can do to learn more and help save the bee. 1) Call for pesticides research Help secure funds for a systematic review of the impact of pesticides on our most important pollinators.Learn more... 2) Bee-friendly gardening Each and every one of us can make a difference, by encouraging bees into our own back gardens, patio pots and even window boxes. Learn more... 3) Take up beekeeping There’s an estimated 40,000 beekeepers in the UK. The majority of these keep bees as a hobby – it’s much easier to do than you’d think! So, if you’re really interested in helping bees, why not think about becoming an amateur beekeeper Learn more... 4) Sign up to Plan Bee There’s so much going on with The Co-operative’s Plan Bee campaign. Register to be the first to hear about campaign news and how to get more involved. Learn more... 5) Become a Co-operative Member There are lots of other ways to get involved with The Co-operative. Find out more about what we do and how you can become a Member. Learn more...


October 19, 2009

World Food Day update: Monsanto monopoly, peasants fight back

Peasants, landless workers, migrants, indigenous peoples and consumers, identified transnational corporations, especially Monsanto, which, together with Syngenta, Dupont and Bayer control over half of the world’s seeds, and are thus the principal enemies of peasant sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty for all peoples.


October 13, 2009

USDA Secretary of Agriculture "preaches" on the loaves and fish

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's addreses 600 folk gathered here at the Community Food Security Coalition Conference in Des Moines. He uses the story of the feeding of the 5000 to make his point about the culture of sharing that needs to be cultivated in this country. Some were against his appointment but the efforts they are making to support community food programs and better nutrition for kids are impressive. Jill Richardson, on the La Vida Locavore, reports how he avoided answering questions about the paradox of supporting community food programs and large-scale, mechanized agriculture by going on and on about Afghanistan - "Vilsack filibusters - then gets booed and hissed"


October 13, 2009

Farmers tell it like it is

When you visit Iowa, you're nearly guaranteed to see three things: corn, soy beans, and hog confinements. Those were the focus of the field trip I attended yesterday at the Community Food Security Coalition Conference To be totally blunt about it, maybe you've wondered: why are farmers so stupid that they keep growing corn and soybeans year after year?

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