The Food Sovereignty Movement

| 3/8/2013 2:54:00 PM

Food sovereignty is a term used to describe a fairly young movement that gives the people the right to define their own food system. In other words, you cut out the middlemen, no more regulators and lawyer. The idea is to allow the people to have complete freedom over the food they consume, and it’s becoming an ever-popular idea with the spread of knowledge regarding GMOs. At the center of food sovereignty are the people that produce and consume the food, not the corporations that sell it and the demands of the market. The hope is to prevent a domination of the global food market by the corporations such as Monsanto, whose CEO, Hugh Grant, admittedly won’t eat the food his company produces himself and neither will several “in-the-know” employees, according to GM Watch. The people are the key decision makers in food sovereignty. They get to decide what is safe to eat, advocated by a number of organic farmers and environmental organizations to aid in producing healthy food through sustainable methods.

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Who’s in?

Most recently, small town Sedgwick, Maine, declared food sovereignty by passing legislation that gives town members the right to grow and eat their own local food without government intervention:

“The town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right "to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing. This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It's also a decided bucking of state and federal laws.”

In February 2007, approximately 500 delegates from more than 80 countries adopted the Declaration of Nyéléni, which is simply a declaration of food sovereignty or independence. In 2011, more than 400 individuals from 34 different European Countries and other representatives from civil organizations began a dialog to develop a European food sovereignty movement. Since then European gatherings and actions have continued to call for greener, safer agricultural practices in Europe. In July 2012, 2,500 dairy farmers descended on Westminster to express their outrage at the six companies that control 93 percent of the UK’s dairy processing and have, as they see it, too much power.