This video puts a global face to the central issue of growing one’s own food vs. growing a cash crop. But the issue itself, food sovereignty, raises a number of important concerns that define the very soul of a nation.
Some of the big picture questions:
Why is food sovereignty such an important issue to people around the world and even in the U.S.? Why is the capacity to grow one’s own food and not have to rely upon other nations to feed a people an essential ingredient for a nation’s true independence?
If food sovereignty is so important in our own country, should the U.S. foster dependence with other nations in order to strengthen our own export markets and to further our national security interests?
Should food ever be used as a weapon against other nations?
What does it really mean when we say that the American industrial agriculture system is necessary in order to feed the world?
Video courtesy of the Participatory Food Sovereignty Video Project.