And yet… we do. All over the world, such land grabs are still occurring—including in our own country. While the corporations doing the grabbing may not be doing it on American soil for the most part, many of the companies are, in fact, based in both the United States and Canada. These actions are contributing—and in some places, instigating—world hunger. Our own government helps these corporations by turning a blind eye and passing so-called trade regulations that pretty much do nothing but de-regulate trade, allowing the businesses to have free reign over what they take—and who they crush. It’s one thing for businesses to swap, steal, and crush one another in their shady dealings a la Pretty Woman; it’s quite another for them to do it to entire communities of people powerless to protect themselves.
If you disagree with these land grabs, or even if you just think that the people on the land deserve a voice—or even if you just want to learn more about them in the first place—please click here to find out more about the UN’s Committee on World Food Security and to ask U.S. and Canadian delegates to give it a chance, too. The committee is working on developing solutions as well as providing the people affected in these circumstances a way to be heard. It’s an official way for these people to become involved in the process and to take action on their own behalf—to stand up for their own land and resources, as well as their very lives.
It’s too bad that the ancestors of the Americas did not have this voice. Could you imagine how many lives could have been spared—how many entire peoples would not have been entirely killed off in the name of land and resources? I will stand up today and sign this request, asking my U.S. delegates to put people before profits for once and to at least hear these people out; will you?