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Corporate control of the food economy has led to wasteful absurdities. Apples from New Zealand regularly appear on supermarket shelves in parts of Europe and North America where apples are grown anyway. In Mongolia – a country with 10 times as many milk-producing animals as people – shops carry more European dairy products than local ones. Approximately 75 percent of the world’s agricultural diversity has been lost in the last century.
From energy use to biodiversity to social justice – no matter the perspective, it’s clear that taking control of our food back from transnational corporations is essential if we really want to feed the world.
In this webinar, we tackled the subject of local food economies from an international perspective. Our presenters highlighted successful local food projects in the global North and South, and discussed how to localize all stages of the food supply chain – from farm to market to table. Joining us this month were Chris Sands of the grassroots town regeneration project Totally Locally, Marina O’Connell of the community farming and education initiative The Apricot Centre, and Local Futures Associate Director Anja Lyngbaek, whose work on food issues has spanned 30 years and several continents.