Land and safe food: are they available to all?

Project description by stefano valentino
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What we want to do

Our team intends to investigate and recount the causes end effects of food insecurity and whether the counter-measures taken both by governments and by the world of business are effective or not.

Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: why around the world there is hunger and food of dubious quality, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to find remedies?

 

How we can work together

We’re constantly looking for specific issues, cases and initiatives concerning different countries and places across the planet.

Join our collaborative community. Contribute with information and comments on what happens around you. We’ll use your material to enrich our research and documentation activities.

Promote and support our common project, to help involving as many people as possible and gathering the resources needed to carry on our collective work.

Thanks to you and to all other participants, we’ll produce multimedia updates and regularly spread them through news outlets, in order to raise awareness among the general public in the long term.

 

Why the project is important

Food security mainly refers to countries’ ability to provide its own inhabitants with access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

However, this is not always possible due to the oligarchic structure of the agribusiness, land speculation, unfair grains trade and the use of altering or even toxic substances.

First of all, the market is in the hands of few multinationals which control prices.

Second, demand for land, commonly defined in its negative meaning as “land grab”, has soared as rich investors look for new areas in developing countries to grow food for export and biofuels feedstocks, or simply to acquire land that will increase its value over time.

Third, Western economies use the poor countries as a way to get rid of their surplus grains. Food aid ends up damaging the competitiveness of local farmers and traders, thus contributing to the next famine.

Last but not least, also in rich countries, biological and chemical contaminants often degrade food or make it dangerous for health.