Part One: Who's Invited (03:32)
Fred Kirschenman regularly walks the prairie. He discusses the failure of farms and what may happen when a farmer attempts to settle debts; suicide rates are climbing. Thomas Forster discusses the erosion of small farms.
Shattered Economic Model? (03:20)
Experts discuss the negative consequences of free trade, including: large company domination of local markets, price control, profit margins, and control of the food chain. Dr. David Korten is an advocate of the market but states markets do not create equity or respond to social needs of the poor.
Profitability vs. Feeding People (02:11)
Large food companies unilaterally set low prices; large corporate farms receive subsidies. In countries abroad, local farmers cannot compete with imported grains. Access to productive land is a struggle for many.
Global Money Economy (02:33)
Small farm owners driven from their lands pick crops for low wages. Experts discuss the dimensions of globalization and the global market.
Is Corporate Agriculture Necessary to Feed the World? (02:19)
Korten criticizes large corporations who claim they want to feed the world. Globalization affects the ability of people to feed themselves; hunger is a symptom of inequality.
Sustainable Farming (03:10)
Dr. Peter Rosset compares yield on small farms to yield on corporate farms. For corporate farms, the goal is immediate profit.
Organic Farming (02:15)
Henning Sehmosdorf discusses his farming practices. Elizabeth Simpson shares her joy of working on the farm. They sell their produce through Community Supported Agriculture; their 2,000 ft bed space feeds 25 people.
Sacred Earth (01:58)
Nettie Wieb believes well-fed individuals need to consider how hunger is created and how to solve it. A Peruvian farmer describes land as a gift from god.
Part Two: What's on the Menu? (02:23)
In Seattle WA, demonstrators protest the food system. Experts discuss who controls the system, conscientious consumerism, and the future of the system.
Genetically Modified Organisms (02:16)
Approximately 65% of our food has ingredients that have been genetically modified. Experts consider the risks and consequences; the FDA has not required mandatory health testing for genetically altered foods.
See a GMO commercial. Experts consider who makes the decisions and at what expense, the history of saving seeds, and "bio-piracy."
Fiduciary Responsibility (04:09)
The major link between globalization and increased poverty comes from corporations. Food globalization effects the environment and cultures.
Growing Commodities (03:06)
Nettie Wieb discusses concerns of the Via Campesina. Anuradha Mittal identifies fertile areas in India that produce most of its crop for international markets; locals go without necessities. The WTO prohibits governments from placing restrictions on trade.
Dominating Corporations (01:58)
Dr. Peter Rosset holds the corporate system culpable for the issues with the food system; he cites factory farming of animals.
Globalization of Civil Society (05:04)
Rosset identifies ways American practices exported to third world countries have made conditions worse. Movements demand agricultural justice and the future of the food system.
Credits: Global Banquet: the Politics of Food (00:42)
Credits: Global Banquet: the Politics of Food
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