Food sovereignty

Food sovereignty is the right of nations, countries, or federations of states, as well as local communities, to determine their own agricultural and food policy without dumping goods on third party countries. It is the right to self-determination, to an autonomous choice of the ways to produce and consume food, without giving up the decision-making to the mechanisms of the free market and international corporations operating in the agricultural and food markets. This self-determination also includes respecting independent decision-making (food sovereignty) of others. Food sovereignty is about providing food security based on local systems of production and distribution, in which food is perceived, above all, as the source of nutrition for people, and only then as the object of exchange.
[Polityka na talerzu. Przewodnik po agroekologii i suwerenności żywnościowej, p. 9]

Marta Łukowska, member of the Nyéléni Polska food sovereignty movement, was a guest of the debate Changing habits – the first step towards food sovereignty held on 16 February 2021. She talked, among other things, about what food sovereignty and agroecology are, and how we can support the transformation of the food system.

Marta Łukowska, doctor of psychology, member of the Polish movement for food sovereignty Nyeleni Polska. Eco-farmer, herbalist, apiarist, agroecology educator and deep ecology coach. Member of Wawelska Kooperatywa Spożywcza (food cooperative). In 2017, she completed a course in permacultural design and a two-year programme of ecological farming at the Ecological Folk High School in Grzybów. Graduate of a year-long Academy of Deep Ecology. Co-organiser of two editions of the National Food Sovereignty Forum.

Publication Polityka na talerzu. Przewodnik po agroekologii i suwerenności żywnościowej (Politics on a Plate. A Guide to Agroecology and Food Sovereignty), can be downloaded here (in Polish)

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