Focus on Food Systems
Join us at the
People’s Food Summit – October 16
and watch the recordings from the recent
Global People’s Summit on Food Systems
Local Food First webinar
Food is the one thing we produce that every human being needs every day. It is the focus of over 10 billion transactions per day, and the center of our real economy. It is also the most important sector of our economy to transform if we are to address our most pressing global problems – from climate change to hunger and poverty.
The global food system, with its large-scale chemical-dependent monocultures geared for export, has disastrous consequences for soil, climate, biodiversity, social justice, and human health. Still, at the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), corporate actors will be pushing policymakers further in this destructive direction.
Thoroughly greenwashed in the language of “climate-smart”, “carbon-neutral”, and “regenerative”, the UNFSS – set to take place September 23 – is likely to embrace a high-tech, debt-based path that will accelerate the destruction of small-scale farming, and concentrate ever-more wealth in the hands of giant corporations.
That’s why we are opposing the intellectual hijacking of this United Nations Summit and joining hands with small farmers and civil society organizations from every corner of the globe to host alternative encounters, develop action plans and policy recommendations with healthy and fair food systems in mind.
Join us on October 16 at the People’s Food Summit to advance a vision of food sovereignty based on agroecology and localized food systems. Recordings of the Global People’s Summit on Food Systems will be available shortly.
The People’s Food Summit is organized by a powerful coalition of organizations – including Local Futures, IFOAM, Regeneration International, Navdanya and others – calling for a shift in food and agriculture towards local sovereignty and small-scale, diversified systems. Local Futures’ short food-related films will be shown, and Helena Norberg-Hodge will speak.
This summit is part of a wider movement opposing the UNFSS that also includes the recent Global People’s Summit on Food Systems (see below), as well as the Autonomous People’s Response, led by the world’s largest social movement – La Via Campesina. Read about the latter in our recent blogpost.
Between September 21-23, 2021, networks and movements representing peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, women, youth, migrants and NGOs from across the world, came together to voice their opposition to the corporatization of our food systems and their commitment to food sovereignty and agroecology.
A Declaration was drawn up for a radical transformation of the current food regimes towards just, equitable, and sustainable food systems. Other outcomes include policy recommendations and action planes to help realize these goals.
As part of the Global People’s Summit on Food Systems, big-picture systems analysts Azra Sayeed, Camila Moreno, and Helena Norberg-Hodge unpacked the entrenched links between “free” trade, technological expansion, and a global food system that is anti-nature and anti-farmers, during an online discussion on September 22.
The conversation highlighted the need to visibilize and challenge the techno-trade dogma, in order to enable diverse, localized, human-scale food systems to flourish.
Local food systems increase jobs and productivity, bolster food security and human health, and reduce toxic pollution and emissions, all while regenerating cultural and biological diversity.
They also create the structural, economic basis for deep bonds of community. Watch this 3-minute film that contrasts the global food system with local food systems.
We have compiled this collection of free-to-view short films that feature local food and farming projects around the world (one featured above)— with a focus on projects started by young people.
This video describes the path that led to today’s socially and environmentally destructive global economy, and a healthier path we can start on right now. (8 minutes)