If we are concerned about stopping the enduring crime of starvation amidst plenty, we cannot restrict our actions to the level of our own country or community. We should rather think about sharing food in global terms and, above all, in relation to the politics of ending hunger, says Mohammed Mesbahi.
Few people within the sharing economy movement are considering the
application of this important concept to the most pressing global issues of our time. So
it’s very encouraging to see an article that asks if sharing can solve global hunger – although a comprehensive answer deserves much more
research, insight and consideration.
The idea of
sharing food has taken root in recent years as a response to our broken food systems, but does it make sense to talk about
food sharing on a global basis? Perhaps it does, as long as we advocate a true
form of economic sharing that addresses the power structures and politics
underlying our unjust globalised food economy.
The seed freedom movement
is an inspiring example of how the principle of sharing is central to resolving
the crisis in agriculture, and highlights the urgency of resisting the powerful agribusinesses that seek to eliminate biodiversity and criminalise the saving and sharing of seed.
Civil society organizations from around the world raise concerns with the objectives of the 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture,
Food Security and Climate Change held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, 3-7 September
In view of the deadlock in the WTO talks, governments
could take actions now to begin negotiating the terms of a limited role
for trade in achieving food security, rather than to continue to advance
complete market access for transnational agribusinesses at any cost, writes Karen Hansen-Kuhn.
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, say Frances Moore Lappé, Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, and Michael Pollan in an exchange in The Nation.