Eric Holt-Giménez

Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D. is a food system researcher and agroecologist. He is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. He is the main author of a new book on the world food crisis: “Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice” from Food First.

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Friday, November 22, 2013 - 7:14am
Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 8:14am
Too Poor for Organic? Raise the Minimum Wage
How many times have we heard it? "Organic food is great for those who can afford it, but not an option for most of us."
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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:49am
Got Food Security? Look to the World's Growing Social Movements
For the first time in recorded history the next generation is expected to die younger than their parents due to malnutrition and diet-related disease. This is because some will not get enough food to eat. Others will have no choice but to eat cheap, processed food.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:56pm
Of Myths and Men: Mark Lynas and the Intoxicating Power of Technocracy
" When the legend becomes fact, print the legend . " Why do certain people and ideas suddenly capture the limelight while others go unnoticed? Others seem never to go away... The recent ascent of environmental writer Mark Lynas to prominence in the debate on genetically modified crops (GMOs) is a lesson in the power of myths.
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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 9:01am
Obama's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Nothing New About Ignoring Africa's Farmers
President Barack Obama wants to convince the world that he is actually a liberal after all.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:46am
We Already Grow Enough Food for 10 Billion People… and Still Can’t End Hunger
A new a study* from McGill University and the University of Minnesota published in the journal Nature compared organic and conventional yields from 66 studies and over 300 trials. Researchers found that on average, conventional systems out-yielded organic farms by 25%—mostly for grains, and depending on conditions.
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Monday, October 24, 2011 - 11:54am
Occupy the Food System!
In the past few weeks, the U.S. Food Movement has made its presence felt in Occupy Wall Street. Voices from food justice organizations across the country are connecting the dots between hunger, diet-related diseases and the unchecked power of Wall Street investors and corporations (See Tom Philppot's excellent article in Mother Jones).
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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:31am
Walmart and the Good Food Movement
Walmart recently created a firestorm of controversy within the 'Good Food Movement' when it donated $1.2 million to Milwaukee-based Growing Power , a national leader in the struggle to get good healthy food to low-income communities. Some food activists have criticized Growing Power for taking the money, saying the donation is a thinly veiled attempt to buy goodwill. Others assert Growing Power deserves the money -- and indeed should have received even more from Walmart.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 8:49am
Walmart's Food Deserts: Greening the Bottom Line
Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that SUPERVALU, Walgreens and Walmart committed to open or expand 1,500 supermarkets across America's food deserts -- low-income areas without easy access to a supermarket. But while improving food access is a noble goal, the announcement merits a closer look.
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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:17am
King of the Food Deserts
Last week the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to amend their laws regarding eminent domain. Now the city may potentially force a commercial property owner in West Oakland to sell his land to the Kroger corporation for a Foods Co discount supermarket/gas station in one of the city's notoriously underserved neighborhoods. This is the city's third Foods Co deal this year, making Kroger the undisputed retail king of Oakland's food deserts.
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