“Food sovereignty” is a compelling term that defines a food movement focused on sustainability, equity, and community. Here’s what that concept entails, and how food sovereignty prioritizes people.


What Is Food Sovereignty?

The first global forum on food sovereignty took place in Mali in 2007, where this food sovereignty definition was given:

“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.”

This explanation clearly lays out the key elements of the food sovereignty movement. It goes beyond sustainable food systems to prioritize the variety of food available and the choice of the consumer. These distinctions are important because food is often a crucial component of cultural identity. As we continue to fight for equity for our historically marginalized communities around the nation and the world, the importance of food should not fall by the wayside.


The Food Sovereignty Movement

Efforts to promote food sovereignty center around seven pillars that establish the goals and values of the movement. Food sovereignty does the following:

  • Focuses on food for people
  • Builds knowledge and skills
  • Works with nature
  • Values food providers
  • Localizes food systems
  • Puts control locally
  • Recognizes that food is sacred

By acknowledging the needs of the people, the harm that comes from our current food systems, and the importance of local solutions, food sovereignty aims to build a better, healthier, and more empowered world.

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