This list of resources, compiled by Bhikkhu Bodhi, offers links to organizations working on hunger relief and related environmental issues. It is followed by links to the websites of contributors to the Fall 2014 issue of Inquiring Mind.
On Global Hunger and Alternative Food Policies
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) addresses the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures. See in particular the page “Big Facts on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security”:
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, employs research, education and action to end the injustices that cause hunger.
GRAIN is a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
La Via Campesina
La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-sized farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity.
Oxfam America regularly issues important reports on strategies to combat global hunger, most of which connect world hunger to climate change.
World Food Programme
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. Particularly informative is the page on hunger:
Reports on World Hunger and Alternative Agricultural Programs
Growing a Better Future (2011)
War on Want
Food Sovereignty Report (2011)
World Resources Institute
The Great Balancing Act (2013)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The State of Food Insecurity in the World (2012)
NYU School of Law International Human Rights Clinic
Nourishing Change: Fulfilling the Right to Food in the United States
Post Carbon Institute
Food and Farming Transition—Toward a Post Carbon Food Future (2009)
Final Report: The Transformative Potential of the Right to Food (2014)
Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Climate Issues, from both scientific and political perspectives
The climate blog of Think Progress is a comprehensive progressive blog under the Center for American Progress. The administrator of Climate Progress is Joseph Romm, a senior fellow at the Center and a fellow of the American Association for the advancement of Science. In March 2009, Rolling Stone also named him one of “The 100 People Who Are Changing America,” calling him “America’s fiercest climate-change blogger.”
Climate Central is an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public.
The aim of Desmog Blog is “to clear the PR pollution that clouds climate science.”
Earth Policy Institute
Earth Policy is Lester Brown’s institute, “dedicated to planning a sustainable future and providing a roadmap of how to get from here to there.”
Inside Climate News
Inside Climate News is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
Websites affiliated with Spring 2014 Inquiring Mind contributors who are involved with hunger relief and/or climate change work:
Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jennifer Russ: www.buddhistglobalrelief.org
David Loy: www.davidloy.org
Dharma Teachers Statement on Climate Change: www.oneearthsangha.org/articles/dharma-teachers-statement-on-climate-change
Wendy Johnson: www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com
Joanna Macy: www.joannamacy.net
Nikiko Masumoto: www.masumoto.com
John Robbins: www.johnrobbins.info
Jason DeCaires Taylor: http://www.underwatersculpture.com/
Margaret Trost: www.whatiffoundation.org
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