Tuesday, February 28, 2012

There have been a lot of posts on this blog over the years, many were just plain rants against the food system as I learned more about it and how broken it is. Thanks, all, for sticking with me in those Don Quixote moments tilting against the windmills of Big Ag. Those few corporations that control so much of US food system (and our political system) are veritable giants. It's easy to feel powerless, even after eight years of writing for Eat Local Challenge and being part of this food movement.

The 27th of February, however, is a Blogger Day of Action for Occupy Food. It's amazing to me to see my own concerns about the food supply grow as a movement. The goals of the movement are:
  • Resist GMOs and genetic engineering
  • Resist the privatization of seeds
  • Resist the corporate consolidation of our food system
  • Support family farmers
  • Support sustainable agriculture and local food systems
  • Fight the displacement of communities and forests for plantation crops like palm oil
  • Demand food safety
  • Get rid of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
  • Encourage people to buy local produce, to cook, and eat meals together
  • Transform our relationship to food  to know our farmer and where our food comes from
  • Stand up for fair and just jobs for farm workers and food workers
  • Make healthy, affordable, culturally-appropriate food accessible in low-income communities and communities of color
  • End the revolving door of biotech executives in the FDA
  • Support and stand in solidarity with local communities around the world who are reclaiming the food system in the name of justice and sustainability
I'm heartened. You see, I believe each of us has the power to make choices, that ultimately we consumers will make the change that needs to happen for better food. But, we still have a long way to go. And if we are going to be successful, we need to be sure that we don't leave behind the population who has limited choices. We're in this together. We can do this thing.

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