By Paul Andersen
The Aspen Times
As Democrats and Republicans jeopardize national security by jockeying toward the next election cycle, Congress has made itself irrelevant to the needs of the American people.
A “corrupt duopoly” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman labeled our paralyzed two-party system at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Our nation,” said Friedman, “is facing the biggest decline in national values since the rise of the Greatest Generation.” Despite enormous geopolitical challenges, national policymakers spurn collective action. “We are in a slow, gradual decline,” concluded Friedman. “And the worst thing? People are getting used to it.”
Posted in CSA, Economics, Environment, Food Legislation, Survival Skills
Tagged alternative currency, barter, buy local, decentralize, food freedom, food sovereignty, sedgwick
By People’s Food Policy Project
PFPP, a national network of food- concerned citizens and organisations, released Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada, a report outlining a more just and ecologically sound federal food sovereignty policy.
Resetting the Table calls for a federal food policy that ensures Canadians healthy, local food, supports producers, involves the public in decision-making and creates a children’s food policy.
“Our food system is failing us,” said Amanda Sheedy, PFPP coordinator. “Close to two and a half million Canadians regularly don’t have enough to eat, thousands of family farms are disappearing, one in four Canadians is considered obese, and the environment is being pushed to the limit. The status quo is no longer an option.”
Posted in Aquaculture, Land Rights, organic, Peasants, Farmers, Ranchers, Sustainable Practices
Tagged Agroecology, buy local, democratic food system, food freedom, food sovereignty, indigenous farmers, People’s Food Policy Project, Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada, urban agriculture