I Know Who Grew It

Why our food and farming system is broken

Food is life. Food is happiness. Food is love. Our relationship with it is universal, primal, historic, rich in tradition and pride. But right now, most of us do not know where our food comes from. A greedy elite are industrialising, commodifying and controlling every aspect of our food system -- from genome to grocery store. They are growing our food on huge monoculture farms, spraying genetically modified crops with obscene amounts of chemicals and feeding these crops to factory-farmed animals.

Organic Farmer in Cambodia. 9 Oct, 2014 © Peter Caton / Greenpeace

The result is a broken system: soils drained of nutrients, poisoned waterways and the destruction of a precious diversity of crop varieties that have enabled human societies to thrive from the mountains to the coast for millennia. At the other end of the food chain, urban consumers – especially the poor – have little choice but to buy pre-packaged food built devoid of nutrition.

Did you know:

  • 6 Big Ag giants control nearly 70 percent of the world's seed market, much of which has been genetically-modified so they can reap profits on every seed they sell

  • 4 global corporations control 75% of all global grain trade

  • Top 10 global food processing companies control 26% of the global food markets

  • Animal livestock (beef, chicken, etc.) -- mostly grown on industrial factory farms -- is responsible for 14 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust of all motor vehicles worldwide?

It’s time to transform our broken food system

But a growing food movement is starting to brew around the world. More people are demanding to know where their food is coming from. Farmers and communities are reclaiming control over the seeds of life, and their right to self-determination through the food they grow and eat. A number of far-sighted corporations are looking to meet the evolving demands of the consumers they serve with a food system that matches this growing shift in consciousness.

Greenpeace’s food campaign is here to support the global food movement based on "ecological farming" -- where most of our food is grown ecologically, and farmers together with consumers reject toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and GMO seeds. It’s a future where people from all walks of life work together to build a system that is best for their families, farmers, and for the planet.

But we need all of us to act if we’re going to make a dent. Help jumpstart an eco-food revolution by sharing this page. Then click to see What We Can All Do now.

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Pesticides are not needed to feed the world, UN says

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 12 April, 2017

“Pesticides, which have been aggressively promoted, are a global human rights concern, and their use can have very detrimental consequences on the enjoyment of the right to food.” This is the catchy introduction of the new report ...

Why Brazil’s rotten meat scandal is a big problem — and not just for Brazilians

Blog entry by Davin Hutchins | 22 March, 2017 3 comments

Food scandals like this happen more often than you think and may affect you more than you know — even if you don’t live in Brazil. Have you heard about the shocking rotten meat scandal that’s shaking the Brazilian society...

Agricultural revolution in Germany: we want it and we can do it

Blog entry by Dirk Zimmermann | 25 January, 2017 1 comment

We are fed up. You, me and a lot of our farmers. In Berlin, Germany, some 18,000 people just took to the streets to protest against industrial agriculture. It is clear we no longer want a food system that is dependent on pesticides,...

Rainbow Warrior arrives in Cuba to document the island’s eco food system

Press release | 13 January, 2017 at 22:40

Havana, Cuba 11 January 2017 - Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, arrived in Cuba for the first time to host a conversation between Mexican scientists and farmers and their Cuban counterparts, responsible for researching and practising large scale...

Seeing is believing: Growing food for people, with people and with nature in Cuba

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | 13 January, 2017 2 comments

“Ojos hacen fe.” Those are the words of Lucy Martín, an inspiring Cuban researcher with Oxfam in Havana. She has lived through decades of change in Cuba, while remaining grounded in the reality of farmers there. She uses...

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