February 27th, over 60 Occupy Wall Street groups, as well as environmental and corporate accountability organizations, are joining in solidarity to create healthy food systems and resist corporate control of our food supply. Today, food and farming have become more a part of our consumer capitalism than it is about creating sustainable local food sources where consumers actually know where their food comes from. The takeover of Wall Street has been spilling into our food chains for decades, and more and more citizens want to take that control back.
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Some of the issues activists want to see addressed are seed engineering, the privatization of seeds, resisting corporate consolidation of our food supply and supporting local farmers through buying locally.
Michael Ableman, farmer, author, and founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture and SOLEfood says, “The occupy movement has reminded us all of the incredible economic disparity that exist in our world and for this I thank them. But if we are going to focus on what we are for, as much as what we are against, we should occupy our land, re-occupy our soils with life and fertility, our communities with good food. Access to real food is the most basic of human rights, yet the responsibility for it has been almost entirely handed over to someone somewhere else, to a corporate industrial system where farms have become factories, food a faceless commodity, and eaters merely consumers. We can march on Wall Street, but we must also work to reclaim our food from corporate control and to rebuild the real economy, the one that is based on soil and seeds and sunlight, and on individuals and communities growing together.”
There is also a great diet out there, started in Canada, that is called the 100 Mile Diet. The concept of this diet is all about eating natural, local food, that comes from people you may actually meet and get to know in your area. Locally grown produce, livestock and baked breads makes for more healthy, natural eating, most likely not full of hormones, preservatives, and other unnatural products. Following this diet will also force you to start using your reusable shopping bags as local farmers will most likely not have their food nicely wrapped in plastic with stacks of plastic bags available.
Occupy Wall Street activists may be interested in corporate America’s involvement with the food we eat every day and how much control they actually have over it these days. For more on this story, go to TreeHugger.com.