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Cargill said it was aware that its operations had been targeted and that appropriate precautions were being taken to prevent business disruptions. Attempts to reach Monsanto for comment were unsuccessful.

Unlike Occupy Wall Street, mainstream news outlets haven’t picked up on Occupy our Food Supply. Media coverage so far has been primarily limited to activist blogs and it is unclear how much, if any, impact the groups will have.

Agri-pulse
Monday, February 27, 2012

Dr. Vandana Shiva: Occupy our food supply!

We must Occupy Our Food Supply because corporations are destroying our seed and soil, our water and land, our climate, and biodiversity. Forty percent of the greenhouse gases that are destabilizing the climate right now come from corporate industrial agriculture. Seventy percent of water is wasted for industrial agriculture. Seventy-five percent of biodiversity has been lost due to industrial monocultures.

Grist
Monday, February 27, 2012

Global Day of Action: Occupy Our Food Supply Food justice advocates rise up to confront corporate control of our food system

An alliance of Occupy groups, environmental and food justice organizations have called for a global day of action on February 27 to resist corporate control of our food system and to work towards a healthy food supply for all.

 Occupy Our Food Supply is a call facilitated by Rainforest Action Network and is supported by over 60 Occupy groups and over 30 organizations including Family Farm Defenders, National Family Farms Coalition and Pesticide Action Network.

Common Dreams
Friday, February 24, 2012

Why We Must Occupy Our Food Supply

Our food is under threat. It is felt by every family farmer who has lost their land and livelihood, every parent who can't find affordable or healthy ingredients in their neighborhood, every person worried about foodborne illnesses thanks to lobbyist-weakened food safety laws, every farmworker who faces toxic pesticides in the fields as part of a day's work.

When our food is at risk we are all at risk.

The Huffington Post
Friday, February 24, 2012

Green Deserts: The Palm Oil Conflict

A team of Indonesia’s elite special mobile brigade national police unit (BRIMOB) evicted people from three settlements in the rural outpost of Batin Sembilan in Sumatra, Indonesia, in August 2011. The police fired guns to scare them off, and then deployed heavy machinery to destroy their dwellings and bulldoze them into the nearby creeks, according to a report published by a team from U.K.-based Forest Peoples Programme, U.S.-based Rainforest Action Network along with Sawitwatch in Indonesia.

CorpWatch
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Occupy Our Food Supply Day of Action Unites Prominent Food Authors, Occupy Groups, Mommy Bloggers, Environmentalists from Oakland to Italy

Release Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO— Organizers call today’s Occupy our Food Supply day of action a resounding success. The day included more than 100 events across the globe, united an unprecedented alliance of more than 60 Occupy groups and 30 environmental, food and corporate accountability organizations, and featured prominent voices including Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, music legend Willie Nelson, actor Woody Harrelson, authors Raj Patel, Anna Lappe, Gary Paul Nabhan, author Michael Ableman and Marion Nestle, among others.

US: Levi Strauss confirms forest purchasing policy

Levi Strauss & Co has confirmed to just-style that it does not source items like paper, product packaging and hang-tags from endangered rainforests.

The confirmation comes in response to a campaign by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which earlier this month said Levi's revamped forest products purchasing policy showed it would not be doing business with paper and packaging supplier Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

just-style
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Levi Strauss Joins Leading Companies: Stops Buying from Asia Pulp

Levi Strauss has joined a growing list of corporate leaders who will not buy forest products from Asia Pulp and Paper because of its ongoing involvement in rainforest destruction and human
rights abuses in Indonesia.

To make sure it doesn't source from the world's endangered forests, Levi Strauss revamped it forest products purchasing policy which began in the early 1990s.

sustainablebusiness.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Activists protest Cargill's influence

Agricultural company Cargill is fully aware that its business practices contribute to the destruction of rainforests, activists said from Minneapolis.

Activists with environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network demonstrated in front of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange to protest Cargill's political influence in the United States.

Protesters said Cargill was responsible not only for the destruction of rainforests in countries like Indonesia but its practices contribute to what Rainforest Action Network described as slave labor.

UPI
Monday, January 23, 2012

“Occupy Cargill” Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill Inc.

Release Date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2012

For Immediate Release

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“Occupy Cargill” Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill Inc.

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