Reclaiming food autonomy as a response to crisis. Robert Biel UCL Development Planning Unit. approaches to the topic:. 1. projects through UCL. .... some explicitly health-related. London 2062. critiquing systems which channel wealth, resources and power to those who already have them.
Reclaiming food autonomy as a response to crisis
UCL Development Planning Unit
approaches to the topic:
1. projects through UCL
.... some explicitly health-related
critiquing systems which channel wealth, resources and power to those who already have them
2. Political Ecology
... resulting in widespread environmental injustice, deprivation, malnutrition, food poverty
... the food issue is political!
low-input method working with soil as complex system
3. practice in farming
Political Ecology framework for this topic
this is why we are at the same time exploited, and also messed up, mentally and physically
‘metabolic rift’ (Bellamy Foster 2009)
illustration: de Rosnay 1979
traditional sustainable farming systems slot into these cycles
in a physical sense, the rift happens when we lose touch with this
at a level of property relations, the alienation or rift is expressed in expropriation (grabbing, ripping away)
... resulting in disempowerment, loss of resilience, loss of confidence that we can cope
in the global South it’s even worse: acute deprivation, food insecurity, land and knowledge grabbed by corporate interests
... but climate crisis – which qualitatively increases vulnerability – adds another dimension to the urgency
technical parameters to understanding and healing the rift
the natural metabolic cycle is also a carbon cycle
soil holds nearly three times as much carbon as vegetation and twice that of the atmosphere (Yi et al, 2011)
feedback loop: the more carbon we can get into the soil, the better plants will grow, and the more carbon they absorb ... thus we simultaneously feed the planet and solve the climate problem
there are interesting technical solutions to correct this
but the alienation can’t be healed at a purely technical level
knowledge commons, reconstituting traditional approaches...
radical social movements initiated in global South
tradition of struggle in this country
Land and Freedom Camp, Clapham Common, London, September 2011
... thanks very much!