This City Made Access to Food a Right of Citizenship

By Frances Moore Lappe ~ Yes! Magazine A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: End hunger. “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL   In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not…

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Black Land Matters

By Brian Barth ~ Modern Farmer Leah Penniman is an American anomaly: black, female, and a farmer. In 2016, Penniman hit the streets of Albany, New York, to protest the police brutality that killed Donald “Dontay” Ivy, 39, an unarmed local man. But her primary focus involves fighting what she considers a far more common, yet more subtly brutal, form of oppression. “Corporations, and white folks, in particular, control the…

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