The US Food Sovereignty Alliance, in collaboration with Other Worlds, recently launched a 140-page compendium, and parallel blog series, examining the building of a just and environmentally sustainable food system.
Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas, researched and written by Tory Field and Beverly Bell, is “dedicated to peasant, indigenous, landless,and small farmers around the world, with respect and appreciation for their work of growing food and growing justice,” but it is written for all of us- the eaters of the world.
In 2011, with the formation of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, stakeholders identified the power of agribusiness corporations as one of the key challenges to fostering concepts of food sovereignty- already prevalent worldwide- in the US. The group is committed to issues of reform, immigrant rights, indigenous autonomy, trade justice, and defense of the global commons.
Harvesting Justice speaks to these issues in poignant, readable urgency and also delivers real stories of reclaiming food justice.
OSGATA is excited to be acknowledged in such a powerful resource on spreading food sovereignty, challenging corporate rule, changing government policy, and making good food accessible to all while honoring the stewards of the land. The OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit is cited as a response to the “frightening demonstration of how corporations are gaining more control over our food supply.” In this landmark lawsuit, the plaintiffs challenge the validity of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) seed patents while seeking Court protection for family farmers who, through no fault of their own, may have become contaminated by Monsanto’s patented GE seed and find themselves accused of patent infringement.
Frances Moore Lappé, author of the renowned Diet for a Small Planet, praises the book: “Harvesting Justice more than captures a deep, intelligent explanation of the state of food sovereignty in the Americas – it gives us an empowering, community-based framework for meaningful action. If you believe that food has power to change lives, read on.”
Full text of Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas is available as a pdf. The Harvesting Justice blog series expands upon excerpts from the book- featuring interviews with activists, organizing models and highlights, and food movement analysis.