THE WORLD WE WANT
Together, everyone’s contribution makes it possible to imagine a different world. We are committed to transforming the food system to guarantee GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR food FOR ALL.
OUR CORE VALUES
In the future that we envision, we are closely linked with the resilient ecosystems around us; everyone respects and promotes diversity of people, cultures, places, foods, and tastes. The food system changes because we change.
Each of us, in our daily activities, already experiences fragments of the world we want: Gardens are platforms for multigenerational learning; communities of producers transform endangered products into economic assets; farmers’ markets bring the urban and rural worlds into contact; awareness campaigns use food to promote important social and environmental issues; gatherings and events bring people of all ages and backgrounds together; kitchens become social spaces of education, reflection and action to rethink our relationship with food. Crucially, we fight hard for joy, justice and policies that defend the multitudes from that minority of people who want to turn happiness and life itself into commodities.
We need to build food systems that are resilient in the face of environmental and social adversities. Given the enormous complexity of global food systems, there is, of course, no single strategy—so we celebrate the great many passions and ideas which individuals and communities enact to make our economies more circular and our world more balanced.
In order to increase our impact and effectiveness we don’t need to limit the scope of our efforts, we just need to act more strategically. Our network’s guiding principle must be to act locally and communicate globally.
We’re more than just a network: we learn day by day to better organize ourselves, creating tangible, reciprocal relationships of trust and respect both among ourselves and in the exchanges with the world around us.
• Fair, short and transparent production and
• Diversity of food cultures
•Exchange of intercultural,
•Food security intergenerational, community, and Defense of the commons
•Agroecology and sustainability
• Renewable energy in food production
•Health and welfare
• Climate Change among others
OUR STRATEGIC GOALS
While our systems may appear weak compared to the massive agro-industrial system, we are in fact strong: As crises multiply and intensify, our system survives because it is more resilient. Just ask those who farm, work, educate, cook, and live slowly, with care for the things around them:
They have a better quality of life. Nevertheless, the urgency of our times requires greater trust, concentration, and determination, and obliges us to connect with the wider world via commitments, actions, and projects brought together in pursuit of three important goals: to defend biodiversity, to educate the wider world, and to sustain our efforts and influence the public and private sectors.
When we defend biodiversity, we go beyond the biological diversity of plants and animals and think about the relationship between people and nature, as well as the traditional knowledge that has given rise to thousands of techniques for transforming raw materials into breads, cheeses, cured meats, sweets, and more. For us, biodiversity begins with the invisible and includes the microscopic organisms that give life to soil and food. Biodiversity is preserved and enhanced within human societies, and for this reason it is also crucial for promoting and protecting cultural diversity.
- Research and catalog the heritage of biological and cultural diversity linked to food (as an expression of territory), and identify the people who protect this heritage;
- Support and promote those who preserve biodiversity and act as caretakers of local territories; those who use agroecological techniques and sustainable farming practices that respect animal welfare; those who manage the resources of the oceans, rivers, and lakes without over exploiting them; those who promote an agricultural model that can stop the spread of monocultures and intensive farming, as well as the concentration of power in just a few hands;
- Create opportunities for dialog and exchange (commercial and otherwise) between those who work to bring food from ―farm to table,‖ as well as with consumers.
- Develop and promote Agroecological approaches that defend food local biodiversity, territories of life, cultural diversity and diverse indigenous knowledge systems
safety, food sovereignty, consumer protection among others