Globally, countries are doing everything they can to ensure that their people are food secure. It’s common to see governments introducing new policies and laws to guarantee food security, which can compromise national security if not addressed well. Interestingly, you cannot talk about food security without touching on food sovereignty. The two are simply different sides of the same coin. This article will look at what it is. Additionally, it will also look at the reasons that make it important to governments, countries, and people around the world.
What Is Food Sovereignty?
Simply put, it’s all about the rights that any group of people have to access healthy food. What is more, consumers have to consider the food culturally appropriate. On top of that, you can’t really talk of sovereignty if the food has not been produced using sustainable and eco-friendly methods. That is not all though. In this case, sovereignty also refers to the rights consumers have in defining their own food as well as the agricultural systems they prefer using for growing or producing food. Based on this explanation, sovereignty tackles these issues:
- Right to food
- Right to produce the kind of food you need
- Right to produce and eat safe food
- Right to produce and eat nutritious food
- Right to produce and eat culturally appropriate food
- Right to access resources for producing the right kind of food
Now that you have that understanding, continue reading below to discover its benefits.
Empowers People To Produce Appropriate Food
Many times, you may feel you have no option other than eating what is before you. What is more, your choices – in terms of what to buy – may also be limited only to what is available on the market. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Food sovereignty allows and empowers you to produce whatever you consider appropriate. In this case, you don’t have to rely on what somebody recommends for you. The choice, freedom, or final decision on what to grow or eat is entirely in your hands. Imagine how liberating that could be in your life!
Ensures That You Always Have Enough Food
As long as you prioritize food sovereignty, you will never run out of food. More importantly, you would always have more than enough to consume, store, or sell. With the right policies and laws in place, you would be empowered to put everything in your possession into the production of the best food. This way, you would then be able to grow enough to satisfy your physical needs. In such situations, starvation or hunger, and deaths, diseases, or suffering arising from lack of healthy, nutritious food would never be an issue.
Sustains Relationships Between Humanity And Natural Resources
The definition of food sovereignty above mentioned eco-friendly methods. As long as ‘eco-friendly’ appears when talking about this issue, then you can rest safely in the knowledge that natural resources are not being wasted. What is more, sovereignty ensures that humanity takes excellent care of the environment. This way, it boosts the relationships that we have with the land and other natural resources. Interestingly, as this happens, the relationship between those who provide food and the ones who eat also improves substantially.
Reinforces The Need For Producing Indigenous Food
In the last decade or so, societies around the world have lost the need for indigenous food. That’s a bit sad considering how much humanity thrived on indigenous food in the past. Despite that, prioritizing food sovereignty helps humanity to go back to the basics. Globally, indigenous or traditional foods contain fewer calories and are not full of saturated fat either. They are nutritious and healthy too. For these reasons, they are the best for everybody. Sovereignty can push everybody into producing traditional foods and enjoying the benefits arising thereof.
Without a doubt, food sovereignty is critical to all individuals, societies, and governments.