Food Voices: The Book
At the 2009 Community Food Security Coalition’s annual conference, Andrianna was amazed by the swell of interest in local foods and food policies. What struck her even more was the absence of the people who provide the food. Often farmers and fishing men and women do not have the time or money to attend meetings, so she went to them and captured their testimonies. The result was Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement.
Food Voice praises the farmers and fisherfolk who are fighting with their sweat and hands, trying to create – or actually re-create – a food system that values quality over quantity, and communities and the environment over the corporate bottom-line. Town-by-town, these front-line players are working to change how food is provided, processed and distributed.
Food Voices introduces the concept of food sovereignty and highlights farmers and fishermen pursuing this movement. The stories of their struggles and triumphs will be collected into a comprehensive book to strengthen and enhance the global movement towards food sovereignty. As the movement grows, there is a thirst to hear and share personal experiences and to further explore the concept. Through story telling, people can learn from each other and empower the broader movement. The book will help engage and build the movement, while offering information and resources on how to create food sovereignty in any community.
Food Voices concentrates on the men and women reclaiming their right to provide food for their communities in the United States, and offers a glimpse of the movement in four other countries to illustrate it is a global phenomenon that has been building in some places for years. Over 80 interviews collected from the United States, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and Haiti indicate that food sovereignty is spontaneously growing stronger throughout the Americas. Their voices have been featured on blogs, in newsletters and on the radio.
For more information or to help support the project, please contact Andrianna at firstname.lastname@example.org