All over the world, groups, organizations and collectives are fighting to take back control of their lives. As financial, environmental and democratic crises become increasingly severe, our food and agricultural systems areincreasingly becoming a battleground for these struggles.
Food Sovereignty was first proposed by the International Peasant movement La Via Campesina in 1996. It has grown to encompass a critique of neoliberal politics which provides an entirely different framework for organizing food and agricultural policies internationally, regionally and locally. The framework was further reinforced by the Nyeleni Forum in Mali in 2007.
In Europe, peasant farmer's organizations who are members of Via Campesina call for Food Sovereignty and for Europe's Common Agricultural Policy to be changed to adopt the Food Sovereignty framework.