Nafta turns 15: Baldemar Mendoza Jimenez from Oaxaca Lecture About Food Security

Food Show
program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009

Baldemar Mendoza Jimenez is the coordinator of the agro-ecology program for UNOSJO (the Union of Organizations of the Sierra Juarez, Oaxaca).  Sr. Mendoza is an expert on food sovereignty issues and the impacts of free trade agreements on indigenous farmers from Oaxaca.  UNOSJO is an indigenous organization that works with indigenous communities and organizations in the Zapotec region of the Sierra Juárez, located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  UNOSJO has denounced the contamination of native corn in Oaxaca by genetically-modified (GMO) corn and is a leader within Oaxaca on food security issues.  Their efforts also focus on women’s issues, indigenous rights, and organic coffee production. 

I was able to attend Baldemar's lecture when he visited Portland.  About a hundred people attended.  Baldemar's lecture is spoken in Spanish and translated by Anne Theisen.

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Marliese Franklin



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