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Eric Holt-Giménez, PhD Biography

Executive Director of the Food First Institute for Food and Development Policy
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“In order to think about alternatives to agrofuels—biofuels, conservation, wind, or solar—and in order to advance truly sustainable agricultural development at home and abroad, we need to construct an alternative food and energy context. Without changing the context, we cannot hope to affect the tremendous power of the corporations controlling our food and fuel systems. Constructing a context for truly green and fair alternatives requires a food and energy systems approach that challenges the dominance of the industrial agri-foods complex. We must challenge the political-economic context as well as the technologies, debunk the assumptions as well as the claims, and propose new relationships between producers and consumers in our food and fuel systems…

The democratization of our food and fuel systems requires a social change in the way we manage food and fuel. These changes will require immediate legislation—a moratorium—in order to formulate the proper
regulatory context for sustainable and equitable food and fuel systems.”

Cowritten with Isabella Kenfield, “When Renewable Isn’t Sustainable: Agrofuels and the Inconvenient Truths Behind the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act,”, Mar. 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, Food First Institute for Food and Development Policy, 2006-present
  • Latin America Program Manager, Bank Information Center, 2004-2006
  • Lecturer, International Honors Program in Global Ecology, Boston University, 2002-2004
  • Teaching Fellow, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1997-2002
  • Consultant, Mesoamerican Information Service on Sustainable Agriculture (SIMAS), Managua, Nicaragua, 1993-2001
  • Director, Agroecology Project, Ometepe Isle, COOPIBO, Belgian Development Agency, Nicaragua, 1992-1993
  • Co-Director, Sustainable Agriculture, Fundación Entre Volcanes, Nicaragua, 1991-1993
  • Adviser, Dept of Environment/Natural Resources, National Agrarian University of Nicaragua, 1990-1991
  • Founder-Coordinator-Adviser, Farmer to Farmer Program (Campesino a Campesino), UNAG-Nicaraguan Farmer’s and Rancher’s Union, Managua, Nicaragua, 1986-1990
  • Researcher-Consultant, International Commission for Central American Recovery and Development (Sanford Commission), Managua, Nicaragua, 1988
  • Coordinator, The CENSA-CIERA Agricultural Exchange, Berkeley, CA 1985-1987
  • Coordinator, Farmers’ Marketing Cooperative, Rural Economic Alternatives Project, American Friend’s Service Committee, Stockton, CA, 1982-1984
  • Volunteer Coordinator, The Rural Development Project, Mexican Friend’s Service Committee, Vicente Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Mexico, 1977-1980
  • PhD, Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2002
  • MSc, International Agricultural Development, University of California at Davis, 1981
  • BA, The Evergreen State College, 1977
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  1. Is Biofuel Production a Major Cause of the World Food Crisis?