October 16th was World Food Day.
From FAO’s web page (the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization):
The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.
So let us send a big ol’ raspberry to those Palm Oil rapscallions destroying thousands of acres of protected forest –and eliminating local subsistence family farming in Indonesia:
· Astra Agro Lestari Terbuk
· PT Bakrie (owned by former Presidential candidate and –ulp!--Jokowi supporter)
· Wilmar International
· Musim Mas
· Triputra Agro
· Persada, and
· PT Kallista Alam, the Governor’s pal
Support your local farms . . . and the local farmers of Aceh Timur!