Tuesday, May 27, 2008

the global food scene - some updates

I've been doing some research for a story for Episcopal media on the global food crisis. Since I can't get a response from our Washington Office, and the sustainability staff person in the Anglican office at the UN does not answer emails or return calls, I've been going back to some of the secular places I've found helpful in the past.

I am still a fan of Food Aid or Food Sovreignty (see links to the right) as the best treatment of the underlying problems. There is an update on the Oakland Institute site now. Interestingly, they label the current crisis the food price crisis - putting an emphasis on the economic dimensions of the problem. They make the case that free trade has caused much of the current crisis - and yet the IMF and the US are proposing more of the same as a solution. Hmmm.

Check out the media links on the right of the Oakland Institute site

If you do podcasts (or just like listening on your computer when Comcast fails you and you can't get the ball game on the radio after dark which is my present condition) the KPFA interview with Anuradha Mittal of the OI is a pretty good summary. There's also a reminder to check out Kootenay Co-op Radio's Deconstructing Dinner podcasts.

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