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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 …

The United States and the Right to Food

For many years, the United States was conspicuously isolated on the world stage when it came to its stance on the right to food. Despite near-universal agreement that the right to food was a human right, the United States refused to join even non-binding resolutions on the subject. Some of …

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, …

Women in Agriculture

For over a century, the world has celebrated International Women’s Day. From its roots in socialist activism, the day has been transformed into a national holiday in countries throughout the world. During this period, progress has been made:  in many countries, women are now political leaders and business leaders (though still …