F is for Food Sovereignty
In the Chequamegon Bay region, we are fortunate to have a myriad of consumers, producers, retailers, cooperatives, and other non-profit organizations working together to create a more just food system.
While the term "Food Sovereignty" might be newer to the area, the process of creating a strong local food system is not.
What is food sovereignty?
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 those who produce, distribute, and consume food at the heart of food systems and related policies rather than prioritizing the demands of markets and corporations. In doing so, it defends the interests and inclusion of the next generation. It offers a strategy to resist and dismantle the current corporate trade and food regime, and directions for food, farming, pastoral, and fisheries systems determined by local producers. Food sovereignty prioritizes local and national economies and markets, and empowers peasant and family farmer-driven agriculture, artisanal fishing, pastoralist-led grazing, and food production, distribution, and consumption based on environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
- Read more about "Food Sovereignty" from the United States' Food Sovereignty Alliance
- Check out the Detroit Food Justice Task Force's Food Sovereignty Principles.