The notion of Food Sovereignty arose as people around the world sought ways to rectify the dysfunction in the way food is grown, distributed, and consumed; a dysfunction that results in a seriously confusing outcome: record numbers of obese children who also happen to be utterly malnourished. The issues around food sovereignty are very complex, but might be distilled into a simple question: Who decides what you eat?
This question inspired the Orfalea Foundation, in collaboration with partners including Share Our Strength, to create Food Sovereignty Week, September 9-15, 2013. The week includes public events, such as a free screening of the documentary A Place at the Table on September 10 and an evening with noted author Janet Poppendieck as she discusses The Future of Hunger on September 12. The week concludes with the September 15 Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s annual Table of Life Gala, supporting Feed the Future, a series of innovative programs that foster food literacy, nutritional health and independence in children of all ages.
Click here for more details and ticket information, and we hope to see you at these events.