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What do you think we need to be doing to reclaim our food sovereignty?

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Comment by Glen Kirkby on February 5, 2010 at 10:09pm
Stillcookin ... I applaud you, and agree absolutely. Kali, yes.. may it grow well.
Comment by Kali on February 3, 2010 at 11:56pm
There is definately a renaissance in food growing in your backyard here in NZ, Kay Baxter and Lynda Hallinan are just a couple of the heroines of the movement, but as stillcooking has said it is a movement that propogates itself, harder economic times are driving it but also people are discovering the joy of it and recognising the superiority of the produce, its spreading. Just by giving away seedlings and seeds I have helped a few friends start, even if its just a zucchini in a corner and a cherry tomato in a pot. Educating people is the key, food sovereignty is essential but so under-threat, people just don't know how so. I like the idea that growing some food is actually a revolutionary political act and anyone can do it.
Comment by Stillcookin on February 2, 2010 at 5:38pm
"but as you are aware Pete the channels are quite limited and heavily challenged by the current infrastructure."
You have to open your own channels and create your own infrastructure. A totally different system. The old one is broke and unhealthy. Leave it behind. I started growing food 12 years ago and giving it to family members and friends. Once I got them hooked, they had to start growing their own and now they do. It propagates itself but it ain't easy. It's hard work until you get your system down. The more people involved, the more resources that surface. The thing is, it's not just a seasonal thing. We have to overcome the seasonal attitude and learn to have fresh food all year long. Whether it be preserving, overwintering or storage. I think I have it harder here in the Northern U.S. as opposed to a mild climate like NZ. but in the last two years, I have had fresh food all year long. When you get used to that, it becomes to hard to go to the market. You know what I mean? What I have is so much better. The challenge is changing peoples hearts and minds. The important goal is to bring back the skills that kept our ancestors alive before there was a market on every corner in NZ or Idaho! Our ancestors spent thousands of years growing, selecting and refining the conucopia of vegetables we have today. They handed that responibility to us but suddenly, not too many of us were interested anymore. We expected someone else to just take care of it. Well folks, let me introduce you to Monsanto. They really care about the health of you and your children.
Comment by Glen Kirkby on February 1, 2010 at 8:24am
I added my first comment before reading any of the previous ones. Yes I try to support local ( as in I I will favour local over anything else ), but as you are aware Pete the channels are quite limited and heavily challenged by the current infrastructure. I think that consciousness is the necessary first part of the process, and IMO this evolves as a derivative of the collective good will and care from any and all individuals.
Comment by Glen Kirkby on February 1, 2010 at 8:13am
Is this a trick question ?
Growing it ourselves of course. Either that or waiting for the great wheel to turn on to another chapter of human evolution where there is more social consciousness and respect. Which I do believe will happen, but growing our food ourselves is a step upon this journey anyway !
Comment by Pete Russell on January 31, 2010 at 10:16pm
In my opinion, working on the creation of our own channels to fresh local food is one the best things we can do. With the incredible ease with which we access food at the supermarkets and the like, it seems like hard work to buy local food. If we can make it easy, fun and affordable to access fresh local food, then I feel that we would be making significant progress toward food sovereignty. If local food was made easy for you to buy, would you start buying it?
Comment by Stillcookin on January 31, 2010 at 7:42pm
The only way to keep Monsanto out is to own all the land as far as you can see and don't even let them drive down your roads. Their seeds seem to fall off their trucks and magically plant themselves. Next, everyone needs to grow heirloom veggies of all sorts and trade seed. (EVERYONE!) Everyone grow different varieties and trade to keep from crossing. But most important. Slap down any politician that receives donations from Monsanto. They have bought our Congress. They sue the farmers, break them then auction off their farms to themselves to grow more poison. But they really are not that bad. They just want to rule the world. Once they get there, they decide who eats and who doesn't eat. That's when we will finally have to Bar-B-Oue and eat THEM! Hey, if your hungry ya gots ta eat.
Comment by Kali on January 31, 2010 at 7:15pm
well we definitely gotta stop eating junk! and Have a complete ban on GE, Monsanto comes down here (NZ) and next thing you know you can be prosecuted for their mutant pollen messing with your plants! Support the work of Koanga and other seed-saving networks in your country. Ooooby ie. the verb 'to ooooby' meaning grow it and share it locally, freshly, seasonally, organically, ....

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