Introduction

The aim of this output has been to capture and reflect on the energy I use in my life to work for Food Sovereignty. It aims to explore the personal and political dimensions of this framework with attention on how I can organise more effectively. The design of this output focuses on the below questions:

    •    What is the most effective use of my time and energy in relation to the food groups I am involved in?
    •    What are the opportunities and challenges with the groups I work with?
    •    How does organising make me feel? What emotional challenges do I need to honour and explore?
    •    What role does food sovereignty play in creating a sustainable food system?
    •    How can I organise for food sovereignty? What examples are there to learn from?
    •    How do I need to re-design my life to be more effective and balanced?
    •    Where next for food sovereignty in the UK?

Design Methodology

I have tried to integrate permaculture thinking into all stages of this output utilizing permaculture analysis tools such as zone analysis, SWOC and more. This output is an attempt to weave together active reflection from numerous recent gatherings and events, a month of focused reading, a year of local organizing experience and over a decade of concern and action about corporate capitalism and the commodification of life.

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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, as defined in the Declaration of Nyeleni in 2007.

It is a solutions focused framework that defines core principles for which a sustainable, life-supporting food system would be based on. Food Sovereignty has emerged from international peasant movements under the banner of La Via Campesina in the Global South. To read about its emergence in Europe and now in the UK please see my article here. You can also find more resources in the appendices.

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