Posted: September 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm
People in the U.S. and worldwide are taking back their food systems – fighting for their land and waterways, reclaiming vacant lots, teaching others how to grow food, and developing local distribution systems – while simultaneously creating jobs, providing fresh food, preserving the environment, building rural-urban connections, advocating for just policies, and revitalizing their communities. Local control of seeds—by farmers, gardeners and seed keeping groups—is crucial for food security and food sovereignty.
The Food Week of Action is October 13-20, spanning the two Sundays on either side of World Food Day (October 16). The Week also includes the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).
SEEDS for LIFE! is the focus for this year’s Food Week of Action. Access and control over natural resources, including defending and localizing seed keeping, is critical for viability of small-scale food producers, sustainable agriculture and, ultimately, for addressing hunger. Seed keepers not only save seeds but also the culture that seeds bring and embody.
Act to Bring Justice to our Food System
1. With Farmworkers! Stand in solidarity with farm workers and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and send a supermarket postcard or manager’s letter
2. With Family Farmers! Push for transparency in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to make sure family farmers and people who eat are not hurt by this secretly negotiated international trade agreement.
3. With Food Workers! Become an ally of employees behind the kitchen door. Request a raise to the tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour for restaurant workers.
8 Activities for the Food Week of Action
Learn together and take action during the week of October 13-20, and on World food day
Organize an Food Sovereignty Prize Event: Host a local action on October 15 followed by a Live Streaming celebration event for the Food Sovereignty Prize winners. How-To Guide.
Defend Seeds: Gather your local traditional farmers and gardeners to build a seed bank in your local library by ‘checking-in’ your most successful breeds and ‘checking-out’ the champions among fellow breeders. For inspiration, see the partnership between Basalt Public Library and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and learn how it’s done.
Keep seeds: Launch a ‘Seed Keepers’ group. Contact the US Food Sovereignty Alliance’s Rights of Mother Earth Committee.
Learn & Act Glocally: Organize a community and/or faith group to study local plants and indigenous seeds. Locally: Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to reinforce the need to safeguard these varieties. Globally: Take one of the three Actions above.
Eat Good, Slow Food: Prepare a meal for your family using heirloom varieties and discuss the nutrient value of wilder species versus their domesticated varieties. For example, Peruvian Purple potatoes have 171 milligrams of phytonutrients compared to the Yukon Gold variety (5.45 mg) or the standard white potato (1.03 mg).
View: Host a screening and conversation about the film ‘Seeds of Freedom’.
Study: Start a short-term reading group to study the articles on Seeds and Peasant Sovereignty in the 2013 Right to Food and Nutrition Watch, which will be launched on World Food Day – October 16.
Faith-Based: Organize a worship service during Food Week. For Christian groups, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance provides worship materials on “Seeds for Life” (ready in September), or you can draw from past worship materials.
The 2013 Food Week of Action Guide is coming soon… In the meantime, the materials from last year – with a focus on Agroecology may be helpful:
2012 Action Resource Guide: The Promise of Agroecology
2-page info and action inserts for regions around the world, including the United States insert, are available here.
The Hands That Feed Us: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Across the Food Chain: The Presbyterian Hunger Program helped fund this new report by the Food Chain Workers Alliance. Based on nearly 700 surveys and interviews with workers and employers in food production, processing, distribution, retail and service, this well-illustrated report looks at wages and working conditions in this sector, which employs 20 million people in the U.S. — 1/6th of the nation’s workforce. The Food Week actions emerge from the reality of exploitation and hardships that our sisters and brothers in the food system suffer. Click here for a summary of the findings and to download the report for free. Also see the media coverage of this landmark report by NY Times, NPR, Grist.org, Mother Jones, Time, Huffington Post, Fox TV and more.
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance – Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-ecology: This draft discussion document presents the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s views and recommendations for Rio +20 on the need for further recognition of the full range of benefits of agro-ecological methods of food production and the support that is needed to use them on a wider scale.
What is the Right to Food?: The Right to Food says that all people are entitled to adequate food that is sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable. Learn about the history and current efforts to push for this critical human right on the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance website.
International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development: IAASTD Fact Sheet: The IAASTD, a major international scientific report, concludes that in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most effective and sustainable farming systems, and recommends a shift towards agro-ecology as a means of sustainably boosting food production and improving the situation of the poorest people and communities.
World Foodless Day YouTube Video (2008): World Food Day in 2008 (October 16) was a day without much or any food for about one billion people suffering in the midst of the global food crisis. So grassroots communities, peoples’ organizations and civil society groups observed the occasion as World Foodless Day, and carried out a “Day of Global Action” dedicated to people’s struggle for food sovereignty and their resolve to change the root problems of hunger.
Waste Tracker: This handy download from EAA can be put on your fridge or near your trash. Pick a family member to be the Waste Buster, and record how much (if any) food was wasted each day. At the end of the week, your family could discuss ways to reduce waste and other options for disposal, such as composting.
Food Quiz: How much do you know about your food? Take this fun 10 question quiz from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and try it out on others.Food Justice, Food Sovereignty, Food Week, Hunger, Poverty
Posted: May 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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Posted: April 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm
Members of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) took the lead at the Forward on Climate march of 35,000 people in DC, protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and asking for limits on carbon pollution and investment in renewable energies. While in DC, five indigenous and First Nation women of the Women’s Earth Climate Caucus delivered a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from IEN, Climate Justice Alignment and others calling for stronger action on climate change.Corporations & Policies, Defense of Mother Earth, Food Sovereignty
Posted: November 8, 2012 at 12:12 am
May 20 Deadline for Nominations
“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.”
The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize. Since 2009, the Food Sovereignty Prize has been awarded to an organization – rural or urban – that advances the cause of food sovereignty through education and direct, collective action. Prize winners must also have implemented programs and policies that prioritize the leadership of women, indigenous peoples, people of color, migrant workers and other food providers in the global food movement.
The 2013 Fifth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded by the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), a US-based collaboration of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and family farming and fishing organizations. The USFSA works to connect local and national struggles for food justice with the international movement for food sovereignty to uphold the right to food as a public good and basic human necessity.
Call for Nominations
To see the full Call for Nominations and submit a nomination, visit www.foodsovereigntyprize.org. (French and Spanish versions available.)
To see the past recipients of the Food Sovereignty Prize, visit www.foodsovereigntyprize.org/the-honorees/.
To learn more about Food Sovereignty, visit www.foodsovereigntyprize.org/about-fs/.
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