Tonight Ian and I were discussing our view and political leanings and how we may be perceived by others.  Ian seems to think we may be seen as radical food extremists.  I put forth the suggestion that perhaps activist may be a better term.  He still did not like being called activist, and perhaps we aren’t quite there yet as we aren’t hanging banners from our house touting the benefits of fresh food.  I think the conversation ended with me suggesting that he just explain that he is a person concerned with the inability to access good heathy food which was raised in a sustainable manner.  Though this is long winded it encompasses much of our concerns without a label which may turn others off from listening to us.  We live in a less progressive region in the rust belt between Pittsburgh and Buffalo so sometimes these conversations are difficult and met with looks of either amusement at our silliness or horror for our lack of perceived patriotism.  

Tomorrow we have the goal of making sure that we talk to at least one person about how our country was the only nation to vote against the human right to food.  

By a vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United States) and no abstentions, the Committee also approved a resolution on the right to food, by which the Assembly would “consider it intolerable” that more than 6 million children still died every year from hunger-related illness before their fifth birthday, and that the number of undernourished people had grown to about 923 million worldwide, at the same time that the planet could produce enough food to feed 12 billion people, or twice the world’s present population. (See Annex III.)

By the terms of the text, the Assembly would express concern that, in many countries, girls were twice as likely as boys to die from malnutrition and childhood diseases and that twice as many women as men were estimated to suffer from malnutrition.  Accordingly, it would have the Assembly encourage all States to take action to address gender inequality and discrimination against women, including through measures to ensure that women had equal access to resources, including income, land and water, so as to enable them to feed themselves and their families.  By further terms of the draft, the Assembly would urge Member States to promote and protect the rights of indigenous people, who have expressed in different forums their deep concerns over the obstacles and challenges faced in the full enjoyment of the right to food.

After the vote, the representative of the United States said he was unable to support the text because he believed the attainment of the right to adequate food was a goal that should be realized progressively.  In his view, the draft contained inaccurate textual descriptions of underlying rights.   

We hope that by informing one person of this that they in turn may bring up the conversation with a peer or co-worker.  Any discussions we can have in regards to world wide food sovereignty is a step in the right direction.