This was one of the best presentations I have ever attended. The 57 minute talk was extremely well organized, clear and easily understood. Eric speaks about how international corporations control both food supply and transportation. The situation is much worse than we thought, but then the growing power of the food movements is much stronger,, especially in the Global South.|
His bio from the Econvergence schedule:
Eric Holt-Gim?nez is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy a "peoples' think-and-do tank" dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation.
Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, D.C., where he monitored the projects and the policies of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has held positions as a lecturer in International Development and Agroecology at the University of California and Boston University's Global Ecology program.
Throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Mr. Holt-Gim?nez lived and worked in Latin America where he helped organize and train farm leaders, in agroecology and was a consultant to non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and foreign aid agencies. In his path-breaking participatory research, "Measuring Farmer's Agroecological Resistance to Hurricane Mitch," 2,000 farmers documented the superior sustainability of agroecologically-managed farms to conventional farms in Central America. His first book, Campesino a Campesino chronicles nearly thirty years work with Latin America's Farmer to Farmer Movement for sustainable agriculture.
In his recent book, Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, co-authored with Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck, Mr. Holt-Gim?nez proposes equitable, sustainable solutions to the root causes of the global food crisis. Mr. Holt-Gim?nez holds a Masters of Science in International Agricultural Development and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies.