Food System | Panel
The world’s indigenous peoples face severe and disproportionate rates of food insecurity. This is as a byproduct of settler-colonial activities, including forced relocation to rural reservation lands and degradation of traditional subsistence patterns. While they comprise 5% of the world’s population, they currently account for 15% of the world’s poor, according to the World Health Organization.
Many indigenous communities have worked to revitalize their local food systems by pursuing food sovereignty, regularly expressed as the right and responsibility of people to have access to healthy and culturally appropriate foods while defining their food systems. To tackle the inequities of our current food systems, dismantling them is imperative to achieve a sustainable food system and, ultimately, food justice.
Our panel will review indigenous practices in raising and distributing food, highlight our current capitalist systems’ practices damaging indigenous communities’ ability to raise food, and highlight solutions from indigenous communities. Problems that will also be addressed include habitat destruction, waterway rerouting, land grabbing, and land pollution/mining/toxic waste.
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Date & Time
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM