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“Let us align our creative potential with the higher planetary laws and higher laws of humanity which make life and wellbeing possible for all” —Dr Vandana Shiva

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the headlines have been dominated by the warning of a food crisis on the horizon. But, according to the FAO, the World Bank, and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES), there is currently no risk of global food supply shortages.

What is crucially being overlooked by most diagnoses of the current food crisis is how the problem does not lie in a lack of supply, or lack of market integration, but instead in how the food system is structured around power.  Regardless of the adequate global supply, the week of March 7, 2022, food prices reached their highest price spike in history, and many countries are now facing an increased risk of food insecurity, and in worst cases famine.

The current price crisis and incoming hunger crisis is not a symptom of war, but a symptom of a system gone too far.  Excess speculation, increased commodity future pricing and increased volatility in the market, are all behind the crisis. Which mean steep price increases  for the consumer and bigger corporate gains for financial players and big agricultural firms.

It is time to abandon our resource intensive and profit based economic systems that have created havoc in the world, disrupting the planet’s ecosystems and undermining society’s systems of health, justice, and democracy.

The shift from fossil fuel driven corporate globalization to localization of our economies has become an ecological and social imperative.

We must put into practice the international consensus on the need to create an alternative to industrial agriculture and the large-scale distribution model.  The creation of local ecological economies based on “bread labor” and co-creativity with nature is the only way to sustain the earth and human societies through the rejuvenation of real work.

Let us prepare for a Recovery –  through Our Bread Our Freedom Campaignwhere the health and wellbeing of all peoples and the planet are at the centre of all government and institutional policy, community building and civic action.


Report: Sowing Hunger, Reaping Profits – A Food Crisis by Design


Join the Call – OUR BREAD – OUR FREEDOM


From the 2nd to the 16th of October 2022 (and beyond…), we invite you to organize People’s Assemblies for Our Bread, Our Freedom, wherever you are – in parks, squares, gardens, schools and communities –
to reclaim and reshape our food system, and take back our Seed, Food, Democracy and Freedom. Let us celebrate Earth’s biodiversity, our seeds, our soils, our land, our territories, and all sentient beings, and shape a new Earth Democracy based on Living Seed, Living Soil, healthy communities and living economies of care.

LET US HEAR FROM YOU, and write to us – and let us know of your event and/or actions, ideas and work, send us a photos of gardens or terraces, projects and actions in your community, and connect and exchange with others on action around the globe. Contact form

Unleash your creativity! Hashtags #OurBreadOurFreedom #PoisonFreeFoodFarming


Key Dates


2nd October 2022: Gandhi’s birth anniversary – International Day of Non-Violence

15th October:  Naples initiative – : “Our Bread, Our Freedom‘ – From the squares of the Region of Campania and Italy for a “world of justice and peace“, with Dr Vandana Shiva in a live broadcast from India coordinated by Infinitimondi in collaboration with Navdanya International (More information soon) – Click here  to  join the Naples’ call

16th October 2022: World Food Day

…more soon


Ideas for Action

  • Promote and protect biodiversity richness in our forests, our farms and our food to stop the destruction of the earth and the sixth mass extinction.
  • Promote local, organic, healthy food through local biodiverse food systems and cultures and economies of care (farmers markets, CSAs biodistricts).
  • Practice sustainable agriculture based on integration of diversity of crops, trees and animals.
  • Save, grow and reproduce traditional seed varieties to safeguard biodiversity. They need to be saved not as museum pieces in germplasm banks, but in living working seed banks as a basis of a health care system.
  • Create poison free zones, communities, farms and food systems.
  • Support, regenerate and strengthen communities.
  • Create Gardens of Hope, Gardens of Health everywhere – in community gardens, institutions, schools, prisons, hospitals in the cities and countryside.
  • Demand that your government stop subsidising industrial agriculture and unhealthy systems that create a burden of disease. Public subsidies should be redirected to systems based on agroecology and biodiversity conservation, which provide health benefits and protect common goods.
  • Demand that your government halt subsidies and further investments in the fossil fuels sector, including fossil fuel based agricultural inputs, as real climate action.
  • Demand that your local/national government, your municipality stop favouring industrial junk food and unhealthy food systems based on toxic and nutritionally empty commodities.
  • Demand that your local/national government, your municipality put an end to monocultures, genetic manipulation of plants and factory farming of animals which are spreading pathogens and antibiotic resistance.
  • Demand that your government stop deforestation, which is expanding exponentially through industrial monocultures for corporate interests. Forests are the lungs of the Earth.
  • Demand that your government and international bodies introduce policies to assess the costs of damage to health and the environment caused by chemicals and enact the polluter pays principle.
  • Demand that your government and international bodies put Health as priority over corporate interests with respect to chemical and pesticide use in food and agriculture. The precautionary principle must be enacted.

Initiatives

Naples, 15th October: “Our Bread, Our Freedom‘ – From the squares of Campania and Italy for a “world of justice and peace“, with Dr Vandana Shiva in a live broadcast from India coordinated by Infinitimondi in collaboration with Navdanya International (More information soon) – Click here  to  join the Naples’ call

 


Also read:


Sowing Hunger, Reaping Profits – A Food Crisis by Design

Manifesto on Economies of Care and Earth Democracy

BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE

Plants, Planet & People – The Living Earth and Climate Change

Earth Democracy: Connecting Rights of Mother Earth to Human Rights and the Well-being of All


A story :  How Chapati Bread became the symbol of resistance in colonised India under British rule

Chapati is a flat bread made of barley and wheat flour, traditionally baked on a griddle, and is the staple food of India.

The Chapati bread became the first symbol of resistance in 1857 against colonial rule in India some 100 years after the East India Company began to establish its rule by levying taxes in the Northern Territories. The Chapati movement quickly spread throughout India. A messenger would come with a Chapati, deliver it to the village chief, who would prepare a new flat bread and send it on to the next village.  No words or written messages were transmitted, thus preventing the resistance movement from being intercepted, and it spread quickly and silently throughout rural India, with direct intent, from village to village and person to person.

Later, in the early 1900s, Gandhi started the Satyagraha movement of non-violent resistance against unjust laws that led to the liberation from colonial rule and India’s independence in 1947.


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