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."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
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
Campesino a Campesino: Voices From the Farmer-to-Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in Latin America, 2006
"Measuring Farmers' Agroecological Resistance After Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua: A Case Study in Participatory, Sustainable Land Management Impact Monitoring," Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 2002