"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."
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"When 30% of people are growing
10% of our own food
we'll begin to notice that:"
"Infact, I believe
that growing your own food
is one of the most
dangerous activities on the planet.
Because you're in danger
of becoming free."
not kidding -
see Huffington post
article: Woman could be