Forest of Dean Food Sovereignty Co-op

– Public Meeting Announced –

20th November 2012, 7pm @ Bailey Inn, Yorkley

Do you want to be free from the dependency on supermarkets?

Do you want to be able to buy good locally produced organic food at a good price?

Do you want to be part of a growing movement for social change that understands local challenges from a global perspective?

Then come to the Forest of Dean Food Sovereignty Co-op meeting on 20th November 2012 at the Bailey Inn in Yorkley.
The meeting will focus on the 1st Food Sovereignty principle: The Right To Food.

The Forest of Dean Food Sovereignty Co-op will work together to find ways to collectively buy organic food directly from the producers as well as exploring the 7 Food Sovereignty principles and their relevance to the Forest of Dean and the UK.

Inspired by the principles of Food Sovereignty we will help each other to promote greater social responsibility and a healthy nutritional diet that is based on locally produced seasonal food.

You are what you eat. Be wholesome. Be healthy.

See Food Sovereignty for more information


One thought on “Forest of Dean Food Sovereignty Co-op

  1. There’s a lot of congruence between these principles and our own economic activism, which begins with a paper on doing business differently:

    “Just changing the way business is done, if only by a few companies, can change the flow of wealth, ease and eliminate poverty, and leave us all with something better to worry about. Basic human needs such as food and shelter are fundamental human rights; there are more than enough resources available to go around–if we can just figure out how to share. It cannot be “Me first, mine first”; rather, “Me, too” is more the order of the day.”

    We argue the strategic case for ending poverty in the interest of internatiional peace:

    “In efforts to deal with communities in or near poverty, it will be useful to target progressive, peace-oriented communities just as aggressively as has been done in targeting terrorist cells. Both types of communities are quite similar, but, one has attempted a peaceful path whereas the other has not. Toward this end, the most promising and deserving communities must be “hit” with equal force as is brought to terrorist cells – the difference being delivery of resources rather than ordinance. The point is to grow the best, most promising communities with the same focus and passion brought to destroying terrorists”

    In 2006, we publish a 20th century Marshall Plan advocatin localised bottom up development:

    “This is a long-term permanently sustainable program, the basis for “people-centered” economic development. Core focus is always on people and their needs, with neediest people having first priority – as contrasted with the eternal chase for financial profit and numbers where people, social benefit, and human well-being are often and routinely overlooked or ignored altogether. This is in keeping with the fundamental objectives of Marshall Plan: policy aimed at hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. This is a bottom-up approach, starting with Ukraine’s poorest and most desperate citizens, rather than a “top-down” approach that might not ever benefit them. They cannot wait, particularly children. Impedance by anyone or any group of people constitutes precisely what the original Marshall Plan was dedicated to opposing. Those who suffer most, and those in greatest need, must be helped first — not secondarily, along the way or by the way.”

    In 2009 with our presentations to the International Economics for Ecology conferences, we draw attention to the relationship between an unsustainable economy and our planet:

    “At this point, the simple fact is that regarding economic theory, no one knows what to do next. Possibly this has escaped immediate attention in Ukraine, but, economists in the US as of the end of 2008 openly confessed that they do not know what to do. So, we invented three trillion dollars, lent it to ourselves, and are trying to salvage a broken system so far by reestablishing the broken system with imaginary money.

    Now there are, honestly, no answers. It is all just guesswork, and not more than that. What is not guesswork is that the broken – again – capitalist system, be it traditional economics theories in the West or hybrid communism/capitalism in China, is sitting in a world where the existence of human beings is at grave risk, and it’s no longer alarmist to say so.

    The question at hand is what to do next, and how to do it. We all get to invent whatever new economics system that comes next, because we must. ”

    What we’ve been advocating is the development of post growth local economies in which local food production is a significartnt part.


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