In my view, even if it’s not the only one, cooperative marketing is the one that encourages the most food sovereignty, because it’s owned and governed by its members and exists for member benefit.
I think first the education to small scale farmers – the article mentioned that they had to adher to the retailers standards for production, but it could be a positive thing if it’s towards producing with an organic label for example.
The other positive thing is that industrial farming system means more money available, which has lots of deviance…[Read more]
Why is there hunger if the world produces more than enough food to feed the global population?
The growth of food production is actually higher than the population growth. But hunger remains before of free trade and globalization, the south becomes dependent on the northern food imports. Because of the World Bank, the South exported a lot, but…[Read more]
How have traditional skills and practices been replaced by modern technology? Name some specific examples.
Manual farming, using manpower, has been replaced, in the context of intensive tillage, by machines.
In the seeding process, collecting the seeds in order to reuse them during the next season, was not valid when large firms started selling…[Read more]
PaulineBu replied to the topic Grassroots Perspectives in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 1 week ago
I want to be responsible in my daily consumption, meaning that I want to understand the consequences, and thus all the food production process behind my purchase.
For me, agroecology goes beyond what we have seen of practices and field and landscape management; it is also political and social. Building communities, giving back autonomy and…[Read more]
PaulineBu replied to the topic What is agroecology, and what is it not? in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 2 weeks ago
The characterictics that are described for this farm are not highlighting agroecological practices or approach. Indeed, instead of monoculture, agroecology is rather promoting diversity in cultures. Having the work done by the machine is not fundamentaly bad, as the field might be very large compared to human resources available. However, based…[Read more]
PaulineBu replied to the topic Agrarian Social Movements in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Agroecology exists through small farmers and their control of lands. They are promoting it, discovering new techniques fitting their needs. They are at the first stage to see the soil and production evolutions.
PaulineBu replied to the topic Threats to Small Farmers Worldwide in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 2 weeks ago
There are diverse indicators on how corporate can influence the food system in a bad way, leading to urban poverty.
Governments are usually supportive of these big corporations as export can be a way of generating large amount of money, but it deprives citizens from eating local food. To be able to export, large industrial farms need to generate…[Read more]
PaulineBu replied to the topic The Foundations of Agroecology in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 10 months, 3 weeks ago
I see your point indeed, being our own choice or farmers’ choices, food and farming practices are political acts on their own.
Another example would be politics supporting organic, local and “seasonal” food could change the demand, towards a trend where vegetables should be grown without pesticides for example. Farmers should adapt…[Read more]
PaulineBu replied to the topic The Foundations of Agroecology in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 11 months ago
Unfortunately, today, practice in agroecology and politics are not separated, but I think they should – food multinational companies are so powerful that they have actually much more power than they should over politics.
Taking an example from France, milk consumption, and in a broader way dairy, have been advertised on TV for many years by the…[Read more]
PaulineBu replied to the topic What is Agroecology? in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 11 months ago
From what I learnt, agroecology comes into play at the nature level, based on a location’s strenghts and its ecosystems’ interaction, and on ancestral knowledge that reproduces natural processes, which provides better resilience. But also at the human level, from sustainable practices, and from this movement where the long term objective looks at…[Read more]