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ABA Resolution on the Right to Food

The American Bar Association, a national association of lawyers with approximately 400,000 members, recently adopted a resolution on the right to food. Such a resolution is arguably significant: the ABA is not a human rights organization, but an association representing mainstream American lawyers — not a community that has always fully …

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 …