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When the Big Overshadows the Little

Touch the Soil News #774 (feature photo – Coat of Arms for the Nation of Zambia – Public Domain) In the wide world of food and agriculture, the world is undergoing a new colonialism. Big nations that are far beyond their capacity to feed themselves are creating tight economic and political relationships with smaller nations that have excess farmland and water. It’s a global game of chess in which the stakes are higher than oil – food. While our big player today is China, there are other powerful food-insecure players on the horizon such as India and oil rich but food poor Middle East nations. Hitting the news recently is…

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What is Agricultural Colonialism?

Touch the Soil News #409 There always seem to be those agendas cloaked with good sounding phrases and nameplates. One of these is the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN). This organization was created in 2012 by the G7 in the aftermath of the global food crises of 2008. This was when bread bakers in America were squeezed due to limited supplies of wheat and costly prices and almost overnight 100 million more people entered the ranks of the starving. The G7 is a group of nations working together that include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and the participation of the European Union. Their…

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