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Food Sovereignty

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Transcript of Food Sovereignty

Community Alliance
for Global Justice
1) Food as a basic human right
2) Agrarian Reform
3) Protecting natural resources
4) Reorganizing food trade
5) Ending the globalization of hunger
6) Social peace
7) Democratic control
‘‘Where our women used to get the food’’
‘‘Power, Gender, and the Right to Food’’
Annabel Rodriguez, Liam Munro,
Melissa Pham, Omair Khan, Stephanie Ducay

Food Sovereignty
7 Principles of Food Justice
First Nations Development
Institute
"The inherent right of a community to identify their own food system."
Camas bulbs
At the mouth of our river on both sides . . . a man by the name of McKay came to build his house on that place. . . This McKay took for himself the land where our fore-fathers always got their food. . . . where the women used to take the roots out of the ground. . . . They put down stakes [to] mark the boundary lines for each one, and to our surprise this whiteman came and just took the place and . . . our women were surprised to be ordered away from that place and they don’t know why they were ordered away . . . (Cesaholis 1914)
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Taken from CAGJ In collaboration with La Via Campesina
Life prior to European settlement:
Harvest of seaweed was a month long process.
Women would harvest seaweed, using canoes and containers made from cedar trees.

Life after European settlement:
Use of speedboats.
Offshore pollution from domestic sewage - leading to the decline in seaweed harvests.

The effects of colonial pressures and polices:
Decline in consumption, production, preparation, management, and knowledge of traditional foods
Increased health problems
Article 1 continued
1) What cultural values do you have (or did have) regarding food sovereignty?

2) Imagine your grandchildren. Would you want to pass on any cultural beliefs/practices to them? How would you feel if an institution deprived them of those values?
Power over Food:
Undernourishment
Food security
Gender and Food:
The Journey of a Burger and Fries
La Via Campesina
Women's roles
Reinstating Food Sovereignty
Renewing traditional recipes to appeal to the younger generation
Create community gardens and greenhouses to provide high-quality produce to the population
Giving people the means to grow their own crops (i.e. seeds and tools)
Educating indigenous populations on traditional ingredients and recipes
“A movement begun by farmers, fisherfolk, Indigenous peoples and landless workers.”
Comprised of communities throughout the world that lack control of basic resources to sustain themselves – seeds, food, land and water – as a result of top-down trade, development and agricultural policies.”
To allow communities to take control over their lands in terms of food sovereignty.
Systemic Inequity
and The Right to Food:
The Role of Markets and Governments:
Corporate power
Gendered consquences
The Green Revolution
WTO's "Agreement
on Agriculture"
Article 2 continued
Discussion Questions
1) What are some ways that families can create better eating habits in order to achieve "food security" and eradicate undernourishment?

2) How can power within the food system be returned to the people and taken away from the government and private sectors?
Discussion Questions
Valerie Segrest
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Nutrition Educator
Specializes in local and traditional foods of the Puget Sound Region
Teaches classes on traditional foods and medicines
Co-authored the book "Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture"
Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project
She "hopes to inspire and enlighten others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating."
La Via Campesina
I also spent that time interviewing Elders and native food experts about the traditional foods of the Puget Sound. They taught me about how precious these ancient foods truly are, to honor their gift and to remember that they are our medicine. I witnessed both the passion Elders have for traditional food culture as well as their concern for our current and future place within that traditional way of life. [...] Across generations I kept hearing that people wanted more opportunities to learn about and eat our traditional foods in order to increase the health of the community. I wanted to create a program that shares our common food knowledge and creates experiences with these foods, increase access to them and reflect the voice of the community.
-Valerie Segrest
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Chinook salmon run
Stinging nettle
Drying red laver
seaweed
At 2009 meeting, slogan: “food sovereignty is an end to women's violence.
They argue that if governments aim merely for food security as a policy goal, the politically difficult questions of inequality in power that produced food insecurity would be ignored, and a broken system would be patched up with entitlements.
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