Food sovereignty challenges the corporate food regime
The dominant corporate food regime is market-driven, and has disconnected us from nature, as many consumers no longer know where their food comes from. Indigenous peoples have borne the brunt of this disconnection, grounded in colonialism which brought new industrialized and often unhealthy foods, such as fry bread, to the Americas. The current impacts of the North American industrial food system are aggravated by the systemic inequities between Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, which forces migration north with consequences for poorer workers from the south.
Legacies collaborators are challenging the globalized corporate system, starting with claiming our bodies as part of nature and even sources of food. All the efforts represented in these stories counter the disconnection from food generated by the global food system and industrial agribusiness.
Through a settler-Indigenous exchange, we have learned to think deeply about how we feed ourselves also reflects how we care for the environment. Non-Indigenous collaborators working closely with the earth have developed similar holistic and integrated perspectives on food and growing food. The young agroecologists in our exchange have developed a more personal relationship with a closed-loop process of growing food that involves animals.
Ultimately, food sovereignty challenges the capitalist notion of property, the basis of the corporate food regime, and suggests another relationship with the earth.