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:

Shani Mink JOINS FORUM2021 SACRED FOOD ~ BLESSED EARTH

Shani Mink JOINS FORUM2021 SACRED FOOD ~ BLESSED EARTH

We are pleased to announce that Shani Mink will be joining our panel titled “Faith-Based Farming in the United States” at FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth Online September 9th, 2021. Shani Mink (she/her) is the Executive Director of the Jewish Farmer Network. She...

Leah Penniman joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth

Leah Penniman joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth

We are pleased to announce that Leah Penniman will be joining our panel titled “Faith-Based Farming in the United States” at FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth Online September 9th, 2021. Leah Penniman (li/she/ya/elle) is a Black Kreyol farmer/peyizan, mother, soil...

Clayton Harvey joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth

Clayton Harvey joins FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth

We are pleased to announce  Clayton Harvey will be joining our panel titled "Faith-Based Farming in the United States" at FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth Online September 9th, 2021. Clayton Harvey, 5th generational farmer, using gained Ancestral knowledge,...

HLPF 2020: Ending Hunger and Achieving Food Security by Grove Harris

HLPF 2020: Ending Hunger and Achieving Food Security by Grove Harris

Ending Hunger and Achieving Food Security Intervention delivered Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, 3-4 pm Greetings. My name is Grove Harris, of the Temple of Understanding, and I am speaking on behalf of the Women’s Major Group. The COVID-19 crisis has already created a major...

Statement on Human Right to Food at UN Human Rights Council

Statement on Human Right to Food at UN Human Rights Council

In collaboration with the Mining Working Group and Franciscans International, the Temple of Understanding is honored to contribute a statement on the Human Right to Food for the thirty-first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Temple of Understanding is honored to contribute a statement on the Human Right to Food for the thirty-first session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Food Sovereignty, Women & Sustainability: The Roots of System Change

Food Sovereignty, Women & Sustainability: The Roots of System Change

Panelists reflected from their diverse perspectives on specific strategies towards food sovereignty for all, as well as what sustains them in their work, both in literal food and in spirit. Meeting this most basic human need can illuminate a path towards a healthier and more just future.

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