How can we make a difference in our problem-laden global food system?
I just finished reading Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. I can honestly say that this is one of the most outstanding, eye-opening books I have ever read.
Patel eloquently presents the following 10 ways we can made a difference:
1) Transform our tastes—don’t eat processed food, eat slowly, prepare your own food, and savour it. Adopt a Slow Food philosophy.
2) Eat locally and seasonally.
3) Eat agroecologically — try to eat food grown in harmony with its local environment, learn about your local environment and grow your own food.
4) Support locally owned business.
5) All workers have the right to dignity — freedom to organize and work without persecution.
6) Profound and comprehensive rural change — build rural areas with economic opportuni- ties and a quality of life that attracts families.
7) Living wages for all.
8) Support for a sustainable architecture of food — rethink open space and sprawl as we develop.
9) Snapping the food system’s bottleneck — among other things, end subsidies to agribusiness, aggressively police their monopolies and tax processed food to a level where it reflects the harm it does.
10) Owning and providing restitution for the injustices of the past and present—that rich countries of the Global North such as Britain forgive debts and pay reparations to countries exploited in the Global South.