Food supply target of new Occupy movement

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A new Occupy movement led by the Rainforest Action Network hopes to put new light on our food supply.

This week organizers of the Occupy Our Food Supply day prompted supporters to rally against large agribusiness corporations, including Cargill, Monsanto, ADM and DuPont.  According to a commentary in the Huffington Post  written by musician Willie Nelson and author Anna Lappé, the movement looks at the role of these agribusinesses in our food supply.

“Today, three companies process more than 70 percent of all U.S. beef, Tyson, Cargill and JBS,” Nelson and Lappé wrote.  “More than 90 percent of soybean seeds and 80 percent of corn seeds used in the United States are sold by just one company: Monsanto. Four companies are responsible for up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. And one in four food dollars is spent at Walmart.

The Rainforest Action Network’s press release stated that thousands of people from Brazil, Hungary, Ireland, Argentina and the U.S. would be participating in the Feb. 27 “day of action.”  

As part of the day of action, Occupy Our Food Supply protesters planned to create community gardens in unused bank-owned lots, host seed exchanges in front of stock exchanges, label products on grocery store shelves that have genetically engineered ingredients, build community alliances to support locally-owned grocery stores, and protest Monsanto and Cargill.

Notable supporters of the movement include Food Inc.’s Robert Kenner, actor Woody Harrelson, Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva and authors Michael Pollan, Raj Patel, Gary Paul Nabhan, and Marion Nestle.

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John M. Smith    
Ohio  |  February, 28, 2012 at 08:56 AM

The people that are advocating we do not use the technology we have today for producing food and want to revert our farming practices back to the 1960s need to decide which half of the population will stave.

pa  |  February, 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Couldn't have said that better. Of course, those complaining loudest and inspiring others with their call to action, speak with full mouths. How many of these protesters against modern agriculture have truly known food insecurity or hunger? How many have raised or grown the food they put on their family's table (not counting for others) for a year before passing judgement on production systems they know so little about? They should dig deeper behind their sources of information regarding how bad our production systems are. They might just see the links - this propaganda and movement traces back to funding by animal rights and environmentalist groups who have been infiltrated by animal rights (like Sierra Club). Bias??? Nawww...

February, 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Anyone in agriculture knows that when farming was mechanized, food production tripled. This then allowed more people to move away from farms and open other businesses, thus growing our economy. If these "occupy" people want to have a garden, let them...but that's where it needs to stop. Modern agriculture has a hard enough time keeping up with food demand, and a growing population, to try and revert back to the way it was is as foolish and unrealistic as anything. Willie nelson gets alot more credibility than he deserves..He's just a guy with bad ideas and too much pot.

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