Food Sovereignty

Our FORUM2021- Blessed Food, Sacred Earth brought diverse faith voices to continue this call for local, regenerative food production practices and resistance against the industrial agriculture practices that are degrading our earth and poisoning people and the planet.
 

“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.”

— Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007

The Temple of Understanding sees the urgent need to transform industrial agriculture and support smaller, more local agriculture as a key ingredient to a peaceful future.

As part of our work at the United Nations, we have, in collaboration with colleagues, made statements at the Geneva based Human Rights Council and represented the Women’s Major Group in the 2020 High Level Political Forum.  Together, these statements outline our human rights based approach, and offer a set of practical implementations that remain relevant guidelines amidst the ongoing UN debates.

Ending Hunger and Achieving Food Security

Human Right to Food

Another part of our work at the United Nations is to follow up on concerns such as those raised by colleague Isis Alvarez of the Global Forest Coalition:

“Perverse initiatives endorsed by the Paris Agreement such as Climate Smart Agriculture surrender too much power to already powerful multinational corporations monopolizing the food industry setting the stage for the further demise of small peasant farmers especially women and their related traditional knowledge. Already a report from FAO (2014) demonstrated how agroecology could feed the world without the need for harmful and misleading technologies while empowering small scale farmers.”

Excerpt from the presentation by Isis Alvarez at the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), based on “Proposed Resolution for UNEA on Paris Agreement” and “A Reality Check on the Paris Agreement from the Women and Gender Constituency (WGCY)”

Updates:

Lyla June joins FORUM2021

Lyla June joins FORUM2021

Lyla June discusses "Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom to Protect Our Future" with Dr. Vandana Shiva  at FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET Free Registration Here! Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of...

Dr. Vandana Shivas leads FORUM2021

Dr. Vandana Shivas leads FORUM2021

Dr. Vandana Shivas leads FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth with a presentation entitled "Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom to Protect Our Future" ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET Free Registration Here! Dr. Vandana Shiva is Founder of the Navdanya Research Foundation...

Dr. Tyrone Hayes of UC Berkeley joins  FORUM2021

Dr. Tyrone Hayes of UC Berkeley joins FORUM2021

Dr. Tyrone Hayes joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth for a dialogue with Dr.Daphne Miller entitled  "Scientists on the Impact of Industrialized Agriculture Dialogue" ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET Free Registration Here! Tyrone B. Hayes, PhD, is...

“Farmacology” author Dr. Daphne Miller joins  FORUM2021

“Farmacology” author Dr. Daphne Miller joins FORUM2021

Daphne Miller, MD joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth for a dialogue with Dr.Tyrone Hayes entitled  "Scientists on the Impact of Industrialized Agriculture Dialogue" ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET Free Registration Here! In a typical work week, Daphne...

Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale University joins  FORUM2021

Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale University joins FORUM2021

Mary Evelyn Tucker joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth for a dialogue with Rev. Jim Antal entitled  "A Call to Urgent Action to Support Sustainable Food Systems" ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET Free Registration Here! Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior...

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