[cg] Corporate Food Control
>Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 13:43:20 -0800 (PST)
>From: Kirsten Saylor <email@example.com>
>Subject: Corporate Food Control
>To: NE community food systems <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>The AGRIBUSINESS EXAMINER EXTRA
>St. Patrick's Day, 1999
>Monitoring Corporate Agribusiness From a Public Interest Perspective
>Any exposure or circulation you might be able to give to the "News
>Release" below within your community or organization will be greatly
>ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY ANNOUNCES
>"LAUNCHING THE PEOPLE'S MILLENNIUM, CHALLENGING CORPORATE CONTROL OF
>FOOD AND AGRICULTURE"
>CONFERENCE APRIL 29, 1999 IN BOULDER, COLORADO
>Who will control the nation's and the world's food supply in the coming
>What will happen to family farms, farm and food workers and our rural
>communities as agriculture and our food system are threatened to become
>more globalized, centrally controlled and highly industrialized?
>How safe are genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food and what
>economic, environmental, health and safety risks do they present to the
>family farmer and the consumer?
>What role will local sustainable agriculture food systems play in an
>increasingly globalized industrial agriculture and food system?
>These and related subjects will be discussed and responded to during an
>all-day April 29, 1999 conference, "Launching the People's Millennium,
>Challenging Corporate Control of Food & Agriculture," sponsored by the
>Alliance for Democracy as a prelude to the movement's four-day national
>convention (April 29-May 3) at the College Inn Conference Center,
>University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado.
>"In attempting to deify their own myopic view of efficiency," AfD
>National Council member A.V. Krebs, the conference's program
>coordinator points out, "corporate agribusiness has brought family
>farming, the democratic control of the people's food supply, and a
>wholesome and healthy natural environment to the brink of a crisis that
>unless recognized, confronted and reversed will inevitably lead to a
>worldwide economic, political, social and environmental disaster unlike
>any seen in human history. This one-day conference will seek to show
>how people can challenge this corporate agribusiness view."
>In an effort to take back the control and responsibility for the
>intrinsic safety of our food supply, free from contaminating and
>health-threatening toxics, the conference will focus on the Food Circles
>approach as offering a practical, hands-on, sensible, grass roots means
>of working for and attaining a sustainable food system.
>Ben Kjelshus, the AfD's Food and Agriculture Task Force Coordinator,
>explains: "Food Circles, as an alternative to the current global,
>environmentally and socially destructive and unsustainable food system,
>links consumers, farmers, retailers, environmentalists and other
>concerned citizens in a creative and comprehensive effort to deal with
>the critical problems of our present food system. Food Circles are a key
>to developing an integrated, decentralized, sustainable food system.
>"They and other grass roots projects working for a sustainable food
>system are vehicles with considerable potential for effecting social
>change," he adds.
>The all-day conference, beginning at 8:30 AM will be highlighted by
>three panels, composed of nationally and internationally prominent
>agriculture and food specialists and activists, and a series of
>subject-related afternoon workshops. They include:
>"ENDING THE CORPORATE CENTURY:"
>* John Hansen (Family Farmers),
>President, Nebraska Farmers Union, Lincoln, Neb;
>* Nelson Carrasquillo (Farm Workers),
>Member, USDA National Commission on Small Farms, Board Member, Rural
>Coalition, Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas, Glassboro,
>* Josh Karliner (Environmental Issues),
>Corporate Watch Editorial Coordinator, Author of "The Corporate Planet:
>Ecology and Politics in the Age of Globalization," San Francisco,
>* Clara Oleson (Food Workers & Rural Communities),
>Program Coordinator, Labor Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
>"LAUNCHING THE PEOPLE'S MILLENNIUM"
>* Kathleen Sullivan Kelley (Family Farming),
>Cattle Rancher, Vice Co-Chair, USDA National Commission on Small Farms,
>* Dr. Vandana Shiva (Biosafety & Biotechnology), Author "Biopiracy" and
>"Seeds of Suicide: The Ecological & Human Costs of Globalization of
>Agriculture," Research Foundation for Science,
>Technology and Natural Resource Policy, New Delhi, India;
>* Dolores Huerta ( Women, Labor & Agriculture), Vice-President, United
>Farm Workers (UFW) Keene, California, Invited
>* Mark Ritchie (Trade), President, Institute for Agriculture and Trade
>Policy, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
>"FOOD CIRCLES --- CHALLENGING THE GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEM"
>* William Heffernan, Professor of Rural Sociology University of
>* Mary Hendrickson, Post Graduate Fellow University of Missouri,
>* Ben Kjelshus, Coordinator and Founder Kansas City Food Circle, Kansas
>* Kathy Garcia Community Activist, Organizer with the Boulder County Y2K
>Community Preparedness Group.
>The objective of the workshops will be to draft recommendations for a
>"Boulder Agrarian Populist Agenda" and prepare recommendations for
>presentation and deliberation at the Alliance for Democracy Third Annual
>National Convention scheduled to begin later the evening of April 29.
>The Alliance for Democracy, currently with over 50 local chapters and
>2000 members, is a three-year old national populist movement that seeks
>to end the domination of the nation's economy, government, culture,
>media and environment by large corporations. Believing that piecemeal
>reform has been rendered ineffective the AfD has united in examining
>ways in which various economic interests either enhance or harm the
>health of democracy, focusing its resources on creating basic change.
>For additional registration information contact: Alliance for Democracy,
>P.O. Box 683, Lincoln, Mass. 01773, (781) 259-9395, Peoplesall@aol.com
>Annalee Cobbett, Atty
>Chair, FarmCity Alliance
>Fax (206) 626-6477
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