I was excited to be attending my first Fife Diet event: Food Revolt on 12 November 2011. Here’s some notes and thoughts about the day, and presentations from the day are available here. Update: some photos from the day are here.
The Food Summit’s ended, and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf is disappointed that targets and deadlines haven’t been set. There are some important results, though; and more of that later.
As well as a civil forum prior to the summit, it looks like Nestlé’s been trying to influence things in a private sector pre-summit meeting.
It’s interesting that Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (CEO of Nestlé) reckons that food price volatility is here to stay because of the amount of speculation. However his plea to curb this speculation sounds more like a request to allow Nestlé to plan financially rather than ease the plight of small producers. Of course, I’m also miffed at the suggestion that I’m a well-fed activist who’s hostile to new technologies… (when in fact I’m with Colin Tudge on this one)
Here is my awkward translation of the civil society forum’s response to Nestlé
Andrea Ferrante, president of the AIAB (Italian Association of Organic Agriculture) responds: Nestlé is one of the principal forces running down agricultural production from peasants, and is therefore one of those responsible for the impossibility that producers from the global south have in marketing their products to local markets. To give an example: the case of milk powder sold by the multinational in developing countries.
Ferrante adds: the food multinational allows itself to insult peasant organisations from around the world that are meeting in Rome over the next few days for the parallel forum of civil society – Peoples Food Sovereignty Now! But in this manner, Nestlé once more demonstrates its total incapacity to understand its own model of production, that contributes to a system responsible for obesity and bad diet, and is also an important part of the cause of climate change, of poverty and of global famine.
Over 60 heads of State and Government are planning to attend World Food Summit this week. A parallel forum People’s Food Sovereignty now! runs from 14-16 November. I’m going to follow these from the comfort of my home, and will try and make some sense of how it relates to me.
Tomorrow: if the weather holds, I’ll be transplanting rhubarb on the allotment. This soil and health page gives me some understanding of the root structure anad this page has a picture of a rhubarb root