Atamanenko will have Colleen Ross, an organic farmer and Vice President of Policy for the National Farmers Union (NFU) as guest speaker alongside local panellists at several public forums on Food Sovereignty that he is organizing with others for the week of March 18-23 throughout the Riding.
“Besides her work with the NFU, Colleen has travelled and worked extensively with Via Campesina, the global movement of small farmers behind the famous Food Sovereignty Statement. She brings with her a wealth of stories and information on food movements in both Canada and internationally.
As many of you will already know, the barriers and challenges facing farmers and eaters both here and around the world to produce, trade, and access healthy and sustainable food supplies are many. The solutions to these challenges are varied and often complex, but overcoming these barriers will rely on the intentional actions of informed citizens in each and every community. It has never been more important to keep the conversation going and get everyone involved in our food future.
I hope you will all come out to meet Colleen at one of the forums listed below to participate in what is sure to be a lively and informative discussion followed by a chance to mingle over refreshments.” Atamanenko wrote in his press release.
All forums are FREE and start at 7:00 PM
March 18 – United Church – 602 Silica St., Nelson
March 19 – Senior Citizens Hall – 565-71st Ave., Grand Forks
March 20 – Elks Club – 9725-360th Ave., Oliver
March 21 – Cawston Hall – 2119 Main St., Cawston
March 22 – Princeton Legion – 172 Bridge St., Princeton
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own food and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be self reliant; to restrict the dumping of products in their markets; and to provide local fisheries-based communities the priority in managing the use of and the rights to aquatic resources. Food sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather, it promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of peoples to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable production.”
Via Campesina – Statement of People’s Food Sovereignty