Backgrounders & Issue Briefs

On the Benefits of Small Farms

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Peter Rosset | Dec 1, 1999

For more than a century, pundits have confidently predicted the demise of the small farm, labeling it as backward, unproductive and inefficient.

Food First Trade Principles

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Peter Rosset | Oct 1, 1999

Since 1973 the income gap between rich and poor nations has grown from 44 to 1 to 72 to 1. The gap between rich and poor in most countries has grown rapidly, followed closely by deepening social problems.

Monsanto: Food, Health, Hope

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | A.V. Krebs | Apr 1, 1999

Monsanto and DuPont are betting the farm in bids to transform themselves into the Coke and Pepsi of genetically engineered crops.

Twelve Myths About Hunger

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Frances Moore Lappé, Joseph Collins and Peter Rosset | Aug 1, 1998

Why so much hunger? What can we do about it? To answer these questions we must unlearn much of what we have been taught.

Banana War in the Philippines

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | David Bacon | Jul 1, 1998

This dispute, which could paralyze most of Dole's Philippine banana operations, highlights the possible consequences of economic liberalization in the wake of the economic meltdown in southeast Asia.

Asian Financial Crisis: The Movie

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Walden Bello | Apr 1, 1998

After seeing Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, I told myself that surely I could manage something better on the Asian financial crisis.