On Behalf Of Frank Cordaro
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:16 AM
"Kucinichs: Redefine agriculture in Iowa" by Matthew Patane DM Reg Oct 14, 2014
Iowans are in the perfect place to start a new conversation about
moving U.S. agriculture away from the influence of large businesses,
Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich said Tuesday.
"Iowa is the place to show that it works, to start the new discussion
and to change the world," said Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman
The married couple helped start off a three-day Occupy the World Food
Prize event that is meant to rival the World Food Prize symposium.
Elizabeth Kucinich is the policy director for the Center for Food
Safety, a Washington nonprofit.
"You are in the most extraordinary position as Iowans to really turn
this debate, that when those candidates come through you really stand
up and let them know how you feel as Iowans and you vote for exactly
what you want," she said to a crowd of about 100 at First Unitarian
She added that that United States has a mentality "that domination and
force and some kind of chemical and aggression will stop something."
"The same is true of our fields. We have a chemical warfare with
nature, and guess what, nature is out-evolving us," Kucinich said.
Both speakers advocated for trying to find different farming
techniques and for reconnecting with nature in a way that would not
cause it harm."Think about the power that we have, the power that goes
beyond politics," Dennis Kucinich said. "It is a spiritual mission to
reconnect with clean water, to reconnect with clean air, to reconnect
with land that is not defiled."
The three-day Occupy event is organized by a coalition of groups who
oppose the World Food Prize for the heavy influence they say companies
and the agribusiness industry have over its proceedings.
Every year, the World Food Prize recognizes an individual for
advancements in food security. Sanjaya Rajaram, a close colleague of
plant geneticist Norman Borlaug will receive this year's prize while
the symposium is in Des Moines this week.
The Occupy event includes its own prize this year as well.
Organizing under the banner of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, the
coalition will present its first "Food Sovereignty Prize"
Wednesday to the Union of Agricultural Work Committees of Palestine,
based in Gaza, and to Community to Community Development, based in
The Des Moines stop is a part of a "Terror to Peace" tour, which the
Kuciniches started on Sept. 11. The tour is meant to focus on a number
of issues, such as food and economic security and goes until Nov. 11.
Asked whether the Iowa stop could reflect another potential run at the
White House for Dennis Kucinich -- he ran for president in 2004 and
2008 -- he said has no such plans.
The Kuciniches were joined by Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Des
Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe.
Stowe said industrial agriculture that involves chemical fertilizer
and hog farms with contaminated water runoff makes his job of
delivering clean water "extraordinarily difficult."
"Let's forget about the glow of feeding the world and remember that
hypoxia isn't just something in the Gulf of Mexico," Stowe said. "Our
waters here are dead — go look at them — and separate the truth from
Don't miss the last two events in Des Moines IA for our 3rd annual
Occupy the World Food
Prize(OWFP) 3 days campaign Oct 15 - 16, 2014
Wednesday, Oct 15
US Food Sovereignty Alliance’s 2014 “Food Sovereignty Prize” Award Ceremony
Thursday, Oct. 16
OWFP Rally and Direct Action 6 p.m. State Capitol building, World Food
Prize Awards Ceremony
(9 min) Video 2013 OWFP Rally and Direct Action State Capitol
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry to speak at Oct 16 Occupy the
World Food Prize Rally in DM
All 3 events are part of our OWFP efforts to redirect the public
discourse about our Global World Food System through the use of public
programs, an alternative food prize and direct action & nonviolent
OWFP contacts for more info:
515 282 4781 / c 515 4902490
Occupy the World Food Prize campaign
About the World Food Prize in their own words
About the World Food Prize by Food and Water Watch
3 min video of Frank Cordaro’s on Occupy World Food Prize 2013 Oct. Program
2013 Occupy the World Food Prize Summary Report
2012 Occupy the World Food Prize Summary Report
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