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Seeds and beyond: Native Americans embrace 'food sovereignty'
by Richard Mertens, Correspondent

The Christian Science Monitor    Translate This Article
22 February 2021

On 22 February 2021 The Christian Science Monitor reported: Mr. Cornelius [a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin] is part of a growing 'food sovereignty' movement among Native Americans, an effort aimed at increasing local food production and reviving Indigenous agricultural and culinary practices. It's a broad-ranging movement that includes families growing vegetables in backyard gardens and an ever-expanding network of regional and national organizations devoted to fostering intertribal cooperation, sharing agricultural know-how, and promoting the use and preservation of traditional crop varieties. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

For many Native Americans, the return to traditional foods is part of a wider effort to 'decolonize' their people, a way to repair the economic and cultural damage inflicted by European Americans who drove them from their lands, confined them to reservations, sent them to boarding schools, and tried to sever them from their old ways. It means not just planting old seeds but reviving the economic and cultural life, the ceremonies, the customs and beliefs, around food and food production.

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