The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains and helped us realize how dependent we are on far-away systems beyond our control. At the same time, it has made us more aware of the unsafe and unjust conditions in which many food production workers labour and how systems of oppression continue to hold food insecurity in place for many communities.
Meanwhile, it is becoming increasingly apparent that industrial food production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. In contrast, regenerative agriculture could create more climate-resilient food systems that sequester carbon in soil.
Join the Jesuit Forum in dialogue with Leslie Campbell (FoodShare Toronto) and Nettie Wiebe (organic farmer and activist, Saskatchewan) as we discuss how food sovereignty plays a key role in addressing questions of social and ecological justice by focusing on
- food for people,
- building knowledge and skills,
- working with and regenerating nature,
- valuing food providers,
- localizing food systems, restoring local control (while challenging corporate dominance), and
- treating food as a sacred gift of life to be shared fairly.
Together, we will explore what food sovereignty might look like in practice and how we can become involved in transformative food movements.