The objective declared by the FAO, in the last 3 decades, is "to promote the solidarity of society and governments in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty". This year the motto is "Social Protection and Agriculture to break the cycle of rural poverty".
However, FAO has a two-sided identity. It was founded in 1945 during the establishment of the new capitalist order in the bipolar world established after World War II (Bretton Woods-1944). Although it intends to fight against food insecurity that affects 20% of humanity, it does so in alliance with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which makes it the technical arm of "free trade" in food.
Its policies are fundamentally concerned with removing obstacles to the development of a commercialized and industrialized world food and agriculture. In other words, it contributes to the marginalization of the peasant culture, the massive migrations caused by the industrialization of the countryside and the growth of poverty in the large cities of impoverished countries. From the formal defense of Food Safety, it promotes an industrial agriculture and livestock dependent on chemicals, transgenics, machinery and energy for the global market and promotes a food pattern based on sugar, industrial white flour and abundant and cheap animal protein.
Food insecurity not only consists of hunger and diseases due to food shortages, but also food and immune diseases resulting from junk food and the toxins in processed foods that we eat as hidden ingredients in our daily food.
Beyond the statements for the gallery, FAO's agricultural and food policies promote the impoverishment of soils, the loss of biodiversity, the pollution of water, air and land, climate change, the grabbing of large territories, especially from Africa, by multinational agribusiness companies, hunger in impoverished countries and, through junk food, obesity and other foodborne diseases in rich countries and emerging economies.
The current international eating disorder aggravates - instead of solving - the problems that it denounces and is responsible for social deprivation, rural poverty and the degradation of an increasingly less nutritious, more processed and more traveled diet. This disorder promotes end-of-pipe mitigation social, agrarian and environmental policies. Their therapies aggravate the disease and make the patient worse. The destruction of food resources is subsidized to favor the concentration and globalization of agribusiness, favoring the depopulation of the countryside and forced migrations.
The victims of food insecurity are growing: 1 billion people with hunger and malnutrition and 1.5 billion people victims of the pandemics produced by the industrialization of agriculture and food that cause overweight and obesity, main risk factors in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes , metabolic syndrome, cancer, allergies, musculoskeletal disorders, immunodeficiencies and psychosocial disorders. These diseases prevail in the population with less resources and food knowledge. In this new colonization, the same multinationals responsible for hunger and complicit governments collaborate, with the excuse of lack of food, promoting GMOs, industrial livestock and the mass production of high precision fruits and vegetables and in greenhouses. Both types of food insecurity grow fundamentally among women, children and families of the most disadvantaged social groups, who are also victims of the violence caused by the labor market that leaves them without employment, without housing and by wars for the geostrategic control of energy and natural resources.
The FAO, the IMF, the World Bank, at the world level and, at the continental level, the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy, question all the measures of food, social and environmental protection that limit the movement of capital and the concentration of land, agricultural and food resources in the hands of large multinationals. The Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the US (TTIP) is a new edition of this international conspiracy of multinationals against human rights and the limits of nature. While the number of hungry and obese grows with the prices of food and agricultural inputs, the multinationals of seeds, fertilizers and distribution of agricultural products and junk food, increase their profits.
They couldn't do it without our collaboration. If our consumption comes from globalized industrial foods and private labels in large supermarkets, we cooperate with the increase in hunger in the world, in addition to damaging our health. The advertising of food multinationals has managed to control the food supply, modify the consumption habits of the population and condition, in favor of industrialized and processed foods, the political regulation of the food production, circulation and consumption system.
Only a minority of consumers buy organic, seasonal and locally sourced food. If we want to be part of the solution, we must: a) change our dietary guidelines, adapting them to seasonal and local organic foods; b) create agroecological, nutritional and care food culture, transmitting it to society, especially the school environment; c) start innovative cooperatives of shared responsibility between producers and consumers; d) build local markets and short distribution circuits to facilitate the population's access to true organic food; e) reduce the ecological footprint and close the cultural and metabolic gap between the countryside and the city.
Good nutrition is synonymous with agro-ecological nutrition. To eradicate rural poverty and guarantee food security and sovereignty, agroecological family agriculture must be defended from responsible agroecological consumption. True social protection consists of protecting, guaranteeing and promoting agroecological peasant agriculture from consumers and public authorities.
Every day of the year you have to bet on a diet abundant in seasonal and local organic fruits and vegetables, organic whole wheat bread (with sourdough yeast) and legumes, reducing the consumption of meat, salt, sugar, refined and processed foods and carbonated drinks as the basis of a healthy and sufficient diet for all people and all peoples.
Responsible Agroecological Consumption cannot grow without food education in healthy habits. Faced with the global market, agroecological farmers and responsible consumers build distribution networks and culture promoting the vitality of fresh seasonal food and fair prices for farmers and affordable for the social majority. Food, a fundamental part of care work, should be a shared responsibility between men and women, sharing care work in the domestic sphere and in society.
We call on you to join this campaign for the day of Agroecological Food that we have been promoting since 2011.
Responsible Agroecological Food to fight against war, poverty and mass migration.
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