Alternative Agriculture News
For January 2000, from the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture.
New Wallace Center Created at Winrock International
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New Wallace Center Created at Winrock International
The Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture has become the Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy at Winrock International. Founded in 1983 and named after Henry A. Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Vice President during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, the Wallace Institute has been instrumental in defining alternative agriculture in the United States.
Winrock International is a private, nonprofit organization that works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Based at Morrilton, Arkansas, Winrock offices are located in Arlington, Virginia; Salvador, Brazil; Beijing, China; New Delhi, India; and Manila, Philippines.
As a voice for alternative agriculture in Washington, DC, the Wallace Institute has provided strong leadership, sound policy research, scientific analysis, and reliable information for the sustainable agriculture movement. It has influenced national agricultural policy and has worked with government agencies, educational and research institutions, producer groups, farmers, scientists, advocates, and other organizations that provide research, education, and information services.
"Winrock International has long sought to increase its capabilities in policy research and analysis to strengthen our programs in agriculture and natural resource management," commented Frank Tugwell, Winrock president and chief executive officer. "With creation of the Wallace Center, we will be able to address both domestic and international policy issues, and tackle some of the complex challenges that face agriculture and development around the world. Our shared desire to help people and do so in sustainable ways makes the two organizations a good fit."
Kate Clancy, director of the Wallace Institute's Agriculture Policy Project, is the new director of the Wallace Center at Winrock. Former Executive Director Garth Youngberg will continue to assist the Center on a part-time basis. Wallace Institute Board Chair, Dr. Cornelia Butler Flora, has been elected to Winrock International's Board of Directors.
The Wallace Center will relocate from Maryland to Winrock's Arlington, Virginia, offices by mid-spring. The 10- member staff will continue its ongoing projects and will participate in the development of new programs at Winrock: Kate Clancy, Chantal Line Carpentier, Suzanne DeMuth, David Ervin, Elizabeth Higgins, Joanna Hildebrand, Lydia Oberholtzer, Nessa Richman, Rick Welsh, and Garth Youngberg.
The Wallace Center will maintain its policy analysis programs and will continue to publish Alternative Agriculture News, a monthly newsletter covering policy and scientific developments and activities in the alternative agriculture community, and the quarterly American Journal of Alternative Agriculture, a peer-reviewed, scientific journal on alternative agriculture.
Winrock International matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Winrock International staff implement projects in 40 countries, including the United States, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union. Activities are funded by grants, contracts, and contributions from public and private sources.
Anti-Biotech Forces Start to Receive "Serious" Foundation Money
"Serious money is starting to flow to the anti-biotech movement in theU.S., even amid debate over whether the opposition is mostly about a scientific threat, an aversion to big business or a wariness of the unknown," according to The Wall Street Journal (December 14, 1999).
Although opposition to genetically engineered food has been primarily concentrated in Europe, "demonstrations at the World Trade Organization forum in Seattle and elsewhere showed [that] the issue . . . is capable of arousing an emotional response in the U.S. too," the article said.
"The funds to attack bioengineered food, as well as biotechnology in general, are still coming in fitfully and are modest compared with the millions of dollars producers of genetically modified seeds have pledged for their own public relations offensive. But what is striking is the number and nature of the donors that have begun to take notice and dive in---from Ms. [Elizabeth] Wilcox's small Common Counsel fund to the mighty Rockefeller Foundation."
According to the article, Rockefeller Foundation President Gordon Conway says he is earmarking $3 million for a new effort that will, pending board approval, include "funding a mediation and conflict-resolution firm to study how warring factions can be brought together; funding consumer activists who want strict labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredie