Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue.
A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South.
On the 24th January 2014, various representatives of La Via Campesina took part in a colloquium organized in The Hague to discuss the concept of Food sovereignty. Elisabeth Mopfu, as general coordinator of La Via Campesina was invited to give a speech at this Yale Conference on Food Sovereignty attended by many academics, researchers and specialists, from universities around the world.
Community Food Growers spring event series
Including a Spring Seed swap, discussions with campaigners and London councillors on the best ‘pathways to food sovereignty’, the peasant struggle pub quiz, film screenings, farm walks and much more.
See the full calendar here:
Poland: Stop Criminalizing Small Farmers
Today members of the Landworkers’ Alliance joined the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) in delivering a hamper of “Illegal Foods” to the Polish Embassy in London. They protested to highlight the excessively harsh regulations imposed upon small Polish farmers which effectively prohibit them from selling traditional foods processed on the farm.
The traditional foods delivered to the embassy included smoked hams, sour cabbage, raw milk, bread, pickles and cheeses. These products do not comply with the current Polish government demand for farmers to carry out processing operations in specially constructed premises. Such infrastructure is not affordable to any but the largest farms supplying the supermarket trade. This forces small scale farmers out of business and restricts consumer choice.
Reclaiming farmers’ rights to seeds
On the 20th of January five Landworkers’ Alliance members joined over 300 other farmers, growers and people concerned about the rights of farmers. The protest in Brussels was to demonstrate that farmers across Europe are not willing to accept the proposed seed regulation (EU Plant Reproductive Material Law) that the seed industry is trying to push through parliament. This legislation would have a hugely negative effect on the rights of farmers to use, save and exchange their seeds.
Banner photo credits – right Chagfood.