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Nation Topics - Food Movement


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Farm fields

With regulation inadequate and children especially vulnerable, it makes sense for consumers to try to minimize exposure.

It's been forty years since food activism became a global phenomenon, and the social and environmental goals of the movement are more pressing than ever.

The traditional labor movement is hitting roadblocks trying to organize farmworkers. But campaigns that push the bounds of union organizing are finding success, on and off the farm.

Twelve major events in the evolution of the food movement.


Why is there hunger in a world that can feed itself—and how can we solve it?

The Food Movement: Its Power and Possibilities

Forty years after food activism took off around the globe, corporatism is stronger than ever.  But so is the grassroots push for control over our work, land and seeds.

People carrying wheat flour in Pakistan

A truly democratic food system will need to rewrite the rules of our financial system.

Farmers in India

The biggest threat we face is the control of seed and food moving into a few corporate hands.

Food bank

Food is a good place to start to make change—but it’s only a start.

Farm workers in Florida

As the food movement has discovered, winning over the media, or even the president, is not enough.


Local votes with national implications see farmers and allies prove the power of local democracy.

May 21, 2014

Among the first challengers of the "free trade" fantasy were farmers, fisherfolk, peasants and indigenous peoples. John Kinsman was their comrade and champion.

January 26, 2014

South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.

November 14, 2013

There may be no family in the history of the republic which has done more to promote culinary awareness, sustainability and food justice than the indefatigable Lappé clan.

October 21, 2013

This year's winner of the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom Medal is as adept detailing the mechanics of a mine-triggered landslide as he is at critiquing the dangerous combination of ideology and profit motive that caused it to occur.

October 19, 2013

The history of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers shows us just how much can be accomplished with savvy organizing at the grassroots and perseverance.  

October 18, 2013

Farmers, civil liberties and food safety advocates had worried that a funding resolution would extend the rider, which crippled oversight over GMOs. 

October 17, 2013

Antipoverty news items from around the country.

July 26, 2013

Recent votes on food stamps reveal that Congress is pummeling low-income people with increasing ferocity. What can be done to confront and change this cruelty and shortsightedness?

July 15, 2013

A proposal that would have allowed states to require clear labels is rejected by Republicans and Democrats.

May 25, 2013