By Natalia Ruiz Díaz
ASUNCION, Aug 13, 2010 (IPS) - Small-scale agriculture based on the principles of solidarity and cooperation is the only way to guarantee food sovereignty in Latin America, said peasant and indigenous activists meeting in the Paraguayan capital this week.
By Christos Vasilikiotis, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
The legacy of Industrial Agriculture
Catherine Badgley, University of Michigan Assistant professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology speaks about the potential of organics.
Food Sovereignty Tours To Bolivia, Mali/Senegal, and the Spanish and French regions of the Basque Country
These tours, offered jointly by Food First and Global Exchange, give you a front row seat into how farmers in diverse cultures are building local food sovereignty.Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.
Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt—in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of “making salt” has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples.
By Cait Van Damm
I’ll admit, I miss breaking the law. Not so long ago at a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley that will go unnamed, I used to fill up half-gallon mason jars of raw milk for a whopping $1.50. The milk was incredible; hours from the source, it was smooth, ultra-creamy, and everything a dairy connoisseur hopes and dreams about. Ah, memories.