Women leading a new agricultural resistance movement
There are women, with youth and men, who are beginning to push back on the corporate tyranny that has destroyed farm family livelihoods, our food system, our seed exchanges, the soil, and rural communities. Women are taking a leading role in redeveloping deeper relationships with consumers. Women understand the importance of providing nutrient dense foods. Women understand the importance of seed sovereignty. In Canada there is an ever increasing number of young women who are choosing farming as a career. There is a farming revolution that is in fact a resistance movement.
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
I am a farmer. I know that farmers have been betrayed by trade agreements, and by our governments that have partnered with trans national corporations which control seeds, food and processing. As a farmer, I am called to resist the tyranny of our governments and corporate greed.
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
Corporate greed and government support of that greed.
What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:
Several regime changes would be nice. Otherwise, building stronger ties with allies in different countries, and at home. Infiltrate and influence high level negotiations so that decisions being made enable farmers and citizens to access local, safe, healthy foods.
Speaking with many voices, but one clear message. This has to go far beyond an academic excerise. Grassroots must be included and given space to share the reality of harmful impact of current corporate agendas. Moratorium on patenting of seeds and proliferation of more GMO's. Take food out of all trade agreements. Begin to enact policies that realize food sovereignty.
Suggested best local solution for this topic:
Build strong alliances among all potential partners, to ensure international female solidarity struggling to acheive food soveriegnty. Collective, local, national and international resistance and push back on the corporate agenda. Community organizing.
Organic farming works...feeds people abundantly, nutures the earth and soil, is biodiverse and climate chaos ready.
Yes, when ever we can we work with allies. Via Campesina is grassroots based peasant organization that enjoys the support of like minded NGO's and others. Yet, it must remain a platform for peasants and not be co-opted by academia and well meaning individuals.
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