One should be able to choose what they eat
One should have the freedom to choose those plant-based foods that are in line with their health and ethical values. One should be able to choose products that are devoid of pesticides and growth hormones. One should vote for supporting the sustainable food system that stands true to the principles of a healthy plant-based diet.
But, sadly all of this is far from the truth.
Around 10 corporations control about half of all the global food supply. There used to be a time when people lived in local communities and grew their own crops. This sort of food system relied on the synergy and connection between humans, animals and the soil beneath us. The native Americans used to grow a variety of plant-based produces like corn, beans and squash—these three used to replenish the soil. Later the Christopher Columbus and his American way of life encroached on the peaceful lands, and the age-old tradition was lost.
As previously mentioned, a handful of corporations control what is grown, how it is grown and how it is distributed to people. We basically are relying on them to decide what needs to nourish our bodies. But, why must we rely on them to feed us well? Why can’t the onus be on us to control our health?
Taking Back Charge
If you were to take a look at the meaning of food sovereignty, you would stumble on “the right for people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own foods and agriculture system”. Emphasis must be given to ‘ecologically sound’ and ‘sustainable methods’. Neither of these makes up the caveats of large food corporations.
How Can You Free Yourself?
Buy And Plant Native Foods
The first thing to do would be to find a local farmers’ market and then pick out a variety of produces that you may not even have heard of. There are the likes of pawpaw fruits and muscadine grapes that haven’t all been commercialized by corporations.
Start Your Own Backyard Garden
Why shouldn’t you? You can grow beans, tomatoes, carrots and even potatoes for you to add to your plant-based recipes. You know exactly what you are putting into the soil, and for that fact, you completely control the cycle of the plant-based food—from the soil to your plate. No middle involved here!