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Food and the Law

Defending the Defenders

Defending human rights is often risky. In many places, activists and advocates who strive to protect communities, promote rights, and create accountability confront repressive governments and powerful people. The risks are so prevalent that the United Nations General Assembly has issued a Declaration on human rights defenders, and the UN …

When Food Aid Hurts

American food aid is a mess. Although the U.S. spends more money on food aid than any other country, its program prioritizes the needs of American farmers (and the American shipping industry) over those of food insecure individuals. Under the Food for Peace program, the U.S. government provides mostly American food, …

Accounting for Agribusiness: The Litigation Option

Agribusinesses can directly and indirectly affect human rights. People concerned about agribusinesses’ negative behavior have a range of options for engagement. Some involve rather amiable collaborations, such as partnerships to improve corporate social responsibility. Other options are more combative, ranging from “naming and shaming” reports to litigation in the court …