Global: Executive Director of Oxfam’s eco message ! (reblog)
Hello Jeremy, This is interesting. I wished I was as good at growing things as I am with art and visuals but I’m not. But thanks for respecting internet etiquette (though we’ve never met, I’m so glad we believe in doing things the civilised way ! Giving Credit to other people’s work/source! So thank you for crediting any info taken from my source: ceciliawyu.wordpress.com. I like your style! I work the same way! I really like Oxfam’s work, so if you’d like to give me Creative Commons 3.0 permission, I would love to reblog your blog just because as Executive Director of Oxfam, you are showing the kind of integrity I like and respect! A kindred spirt! cheers Cecilia
The ABCDs of the global grain trade
3 August, 2012 | Blog channel: GROW
By Jeremy Hobbs
The world‟s largest commodity traders are a powerful, unique and poorly understood sector. The major traders, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, collectively known as the ABCD traders, share a significant presence in a range of basic commodities, controlling, for example, as much as 90 per cent of the global grain trade. Other emerging market trading companies such as Olam, Sinar Mas and Wilmar are also quickly establishing a global presence.
The major traders do not just trade physical commodities – they operate from the farm level all the way to food manufacturing. They provide seed, fertilizer and agrochemicals to growers, and buy agricultural outputs and store them in their own facilities. They act as landowners, cattle and poultry producers, food processers, transportation providers, biofuel producers and providers of financial services in commodity markets. Traders have been integral to the transformation of food production into a complex, globalized and ‘financialized’ business. Food prices, access to scarce resources like land and water, climate change and food security are all affected by the activities of traders.
As traders continue to exert a great deal of influence over the global food system, they should be held accountable to be responsible actors. Traders are a central node in the food system, within which large-scale change is necessary in order to ensure that everyone has enough to eat – today and in the future. Yet notwithstanding the vast breadth of traders‟ influence and activities, there is currently limited public information about the traders and their operations.
Our research report “Cereal Secrets: The world’s largest grain traders and global agriculture” provides an analysis of the role and impacts of the world’s largest commodity traders on the modern food system. The report was commissioned to support GROW, Oxfam‟s global campaign to deliver food security in a resource-constrained world. The campaign, launched in 44 countries over the last year, urges governments, companies and civil society to repair the world‟s broken food system, which leaves nearly one billion people hungry every night, including millions of small-scale farmers and workers who produce much of the world‟s food.
We hope this report contributes to the increased accountability and transparency of traders, and furthers an urgent dialogue on making the global food system work for all.
Link back: http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-08-03-abcds-global-grain-trade
Btw. The ACTUAL Artwork that was finished was my reaction to the horrid morons who celebrated the London Riot 2011 as Loungeroom Revolutionaries, making cups of teas while other people lives and homes burnt……the Sk8nks who just wanted to be Greedy and Angry that the world does not think their Entitlement is beautiful….:)
A kind of neo-east-west fusion punk response…it took me ages to remember that I did these two works in support of non-violence and Sustainable permaculture!
Other one is based on Iching lines about Change….
Thanks for the reminder and for liking it….I can’t believe anyone found it…
I probably showed it to like 10 people on this planet???? Cecilia