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Beyond Ukraine: The Untold Story of the Food Crisis

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On June 23rd, A Growing Culture and IPES-Food presented an enlightened conversation that digs down deep into how our food systems are failing us and how we, the people, can create better, together.

Our Food Systems are broken. Based on Industrial-Aged, Colonialized thinking of central control, big business is not prepared to handle the on-going crisis.  But did big business cause the crises?</
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A workshop for journalists

“Food price spikes,” sparked by the war on Ukraine, are making daily headlines. But behind the reports is an untold story of a centralized, crisis-prone food system that’s been vulnerable to shocks long before Ukraine. In this online workshop for journalists ahead of the G7 summit, leading figures and writers on food systems will unpack the critical factors stoking the flames of global hunger.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Thin Lei Win – Investigative Journalist at Lighthouse Reports, Raj Patel – Award-winning author and filmmaker & IPES-Food, Sofía Monsalve Suárez – FIAN International & IPES-Food, Ricardo Salvador Union of Concerned Scientists & IPES-Food, Mamadou Goïta – IRPAD & IPES-Food.

As IPES-Food’s recent report underlines, the current food crisis is exposing our food system’s many fractures.  Contrary to what many believe, there is no current food shortage. But consumers are facing all-time-high food prices, and marginalized communities face growing hunger around the world. The problem goes beyond Ukraine. The industrial food system is heavily dependent on a small handful of staple crops, seed varieties, exporting countries, and traders; it encourages excessive commodity speculation and is over-reliant on synthetic fertilizers and fossil fuels. The result is a food system that is “neither stable, resilient, nor dependable in the face of risks, especially for vulnerable people.” (Jennifer Clapp, IPES-Food).

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