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The Jasmine Rice Campaign, other CropChoice news

(Monday, March 24, 2003 -- CropChoice news) --

1. The Jasmine Rice Campaign: Know Your Rights. Know Your Rice
National speaker tour
April 15-30, 2003

(Sunday, March 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Living and learning as a foreigner in Northeastern Thailand, it’s unavoidable to realize the cultural significance, meaning, and way of life surrounding the cultivation of rice. The seasons, holidays, and traditions all revolve around this sacred local wisdom. The word to ‘eat’ even implies to ‘eat rice’. Being welcomed into their homes to eat with them, it is hard to hear about the hardships they will face as a result of decisions coming from the Global North. This realization forces us, as those from the Global North, to evaluate what role we may play in changing the tide of development that can force those trying to live sustainably out of their livelihoods... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1523

2. Scarce of water, shy of vision

(Sunday, March 23, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- The West's recent drought evokes Dust Bowl days. Our government should lead as forcefully as it did then: Washington needs to be clear about the situation and its own role in creating it.


3. Peace's Wheaten Garland

(Sunday, March 23, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- As the war in Iraq began, the future of the United Nations not only stood in jeopardy, but wheat (the traditional staff of life and emblem of peace on the UN flag) also hung in the balance. Over the winter, as the world was preoccupied with the buildup of American military forces in the Persian Gulf and the debate in the Security Council intensified, Monsanto applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval of genetically modified (GM) wheat...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1522

4. Save family farms, not factory farms

(Sunday, March 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- Journal-Advocate, 03/20/03, Margot McMillen, guest columnist, Missouri Rural Crisis Center:

Family farms all over the United States especially those grossing between $10,000 and $249,999 are under siege. However, the 7.27 percent of agriculture operations that gross more than $250,000 are doing fine, selling a whopping 72.1 percent of agricultural products. Increasingly, therefore, food at the supermarket comes from factory farms rather than family farms. And that means that, increasingly, grocery-store meat comes from Confined Animal Feeding Operations,or CAFOs...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1525