7. Food Sovereignty

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Food Sovereignty 

To return the control of food to each local community is something essential to creating sustainable societies.   Only installing this practice as habitual would change other systems a lot, amongst them the economy, soil regeneration & ecosystem & human health.

In this class we explore the importance of food sovereignty & how it works in practice.  

Included in this class is an exploration in some detail in the various organic food-growing styles that can be used, in small & large scale, with examples of good practice in different areas of the planet.

"Food sovereignty" is a term coined by members of Via Campesina in 1996 to refer to a policy framework advocated by a number of farmers, peasants, pastoralists, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, women, rural youth and environmental organizations, namely the claimed "right" of peoples to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces.

"There's a political angle to this idea of producing what we need ourselves. 

In fact, Thomas Jefferson said he didn’t think we could have democracy unless at least 20% of the population was self-supporting on small farms so they were independent enough to be able to tell an oppressive government to stuff it.  

He understood that it is very difficult to control people who can create products without purchasing inputs from the system, who can market their products directly thus avoiding the involvement of mercenary middlemen, who can butcher animals and preserve foods without reliance on industrial conglomerates, and who can’t be bullied because they can feed their own faces.

By that calculation, we're really a long way from what I feel a meaningful democracy might look like."

(Ben Bragwin)

View or Download  here a presentation from Home Harvest Farms on 
"When 30% of people are growing 
10% of our own food 
we'll begin to notice that:"

Green Bronx Machine - growing our way into a new economy

food growing with children, in inner city areas

Vídeo de YouTube

Stephen Ritz at TEDxManhattan

that growing your own food
is one of the most 
dangerous activities on the planet.

Because you're in danger
of becoming free."

Julio Dervae

not kidding - 
see Huffington post