What We’re Reading: Food News in Brief

Seeds from Food For Maine's Future's Seed Camp

Some of the articles and reports about the global food issues that caught our eye this week:

Tunis 2013: If we rely on corporate seed, we lose food sovereignty In this piece, La Via Campesina discusses the critical role seed saving has on the future of  food sovereignty.

Global Food Prices Continue to Rise Sophie Wenzlau of Worldwatch Institute explores the tumultuous state of global food price volatility, its causes, and its effects on the global economy.

Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 1 – “Sons and Daughters of the Earth”: Indigenous communities and land grabs in Guatemala The first report in a new series on Land & Sovereignty in the Americas, this brief exposes the “violent dispossession and incorporation [of] an exploitative labor regime [in which] indigenous peasant families in northern Guatemala are struggling to access land and defend their resources.”  Written by Alberto Alonso-Fradejas for Food First and the Transnational Institute.

The Feminization of Farming Writing in a New York Times op-ed, Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, discusses the persistent discrimination against female small-scale farmers imposed by gender norms and women’s social status. What is on your reading list this week?

Candice Comisi