What Kind of Food System Do We Want?

Written by Julie Quiroz

June 5, 2014

Navina Khanna / Kellogg Foundation

Photo: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

“Food sovereignty is about people’s right and ability to shape their own food system, including policies, practices, governance, and ownership,” says MSC Innovation Fellow Navina Khanna, who gave the opening words to 600 people gathered in Detroit for the Harvesting Change: Good Food for All conference sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Check out Navina facilitating a Harvesting Change panel discussion on transforming our food and farm systems.  The panel included organizers from all across the food movement: Jose Oliva of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, Larry Yee of The Food Commons, Diana Lopez of Southwest Workers Union, Don Bustos of American Friends Service Committee and Charity Hicks of EAT4Health-Detroit.

For a great overview of the food movement, read Navina’s report Field to Forest: Mapping the Food Movement Ecosystem to Develop Winning Strategy.  “False solutions to our broken system abound,” writes Khanna, but “most perpetuate the same system of corporate control of resources. Real solutions, while rare, are surfacing in communities across the globe.”

Julie Quiroz

Julie Quiroz lives in Michigan and leads New Moon Collaborations, a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center. www.newmooncollab.org

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