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By the Root: Food Sovereignty

By the Root: Food Sovereignty
An occasional post from Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agricultural Systems in the Americas
 
Food sovereignty is a term used around the world to call for food systems that are just, sustainable, and democratically governed by people and communities (not corporations). Food sovereignty is not a one-size-fits all approach, or a singularly defined demand. It is an expansive, and evolving vision that looks different in different communities. Six widely accepted principles of food sovereignty include: the right of everyone to healthy food; the valuing of all those involved in growing, harvesting, and processing food; putting providers and consumers at the center of decision making and rejecting policies that give power to remote and unaccountable corporations; local control over, and access to, land, water, and seeds; the honoring of local knowledge and skills; and working with nature and healing the planet.
 
The late Charity Hicks, from the Detroit Food Justice Task Force said, “Food sovereignty is talking about our quality of life. [It’s] the whole context of how we move from survival to ‘thrival’ culture. Food sovereignty is about ‘thrival’ culture.”

Reprinted with permission from Harvesting Justice: A Project of Other Worlds