food sovereignty

Women and food sovereignty

What is food sovereignty?

Women, globalization and food "Women's work and women's lives all over the world have long been intertwined with food. In every country on every continent, it is women who assume primary responsibility for preparing and serving meals for themselves and their families... It's clear that women have a lot to do with food. But do they really?"

See Women & the Economy's site for good introductory information on women and the food industry, and women workers in the global food chain.

Women's Statement on Hunger and Food Sovereignty to the NGO Forum, June 11, 2002

"We women, from various continents, representing countries of the South and the North, demand the right to be free from hunger for every woman, man and child. We ask for the right to govern our livelihoods, and to have access and maintain control over our lands, waters, seeds, and all resources which are basic to our and our communities needs.

We constitute more than half of the world's 1 billion hungry. We are the producers of the world's food, the reproducers and nurturers of human life, yet we do not get enough nutritious and safe food. In our households, partiarchal values dictate that we are the last priority in the allocation of food. Our productive and reproductive roles are not acknowledged at all levels..."
Read full statement at:

Women and food: women grow it
Women produce 80 percent of the food consumed in Africa, 65 percent in Asia and 45 percent in Latin America.
"Women hold the key to ending hunger in the world's poorest communities, yet in most developing countries they still sow, water, weed, harvest and process their crops by hand, and their share of land resources and mechanized farm implements remains negligible."
Thelma Awori, International Herald Tribune, 27 November 1998.

What is "organic" food?

Genetically engineered food: do we need it?

Stop “for-profit foods”, starting with high fructose corn syrup

From the Small Planet Institute: Ten Things You Can Do Right Now (and feel better!)


For an extensive listing on food, food and agricultural policy see

To information and groups working on food quality, protection of family farms:

"The O’Mama Report is an on-line resource for women who want to make the best possible decisions about organic agriculture and organic products. It is a community in which women share their experience, ideas and inspiration. Content for the site comes from members of the Organic Trade Association, the association for the organic industry in North America. All comments are welcome. Please contact us at"
This site has a wealth of information on organic food, children's health, and links to other sites. See:

here are many reasons why you should buy sustainable food from independent family farms. Not only is it better for you and your family, it helps the environment, the animals, workers and rural communities around the country."
Find lots of basic "Why" and "how to" information at the Grace Factory Farm Project's new site:

Visit this site for information on healthy food and sustainable agricultural practices. The campaign against irradiated school lunches in New York City has good information on the dangers of irradiated food. See:

See also "What is a factory farm? and "Is your meat fit to eat?" at:

Farm Aid
"Like most Americans, family farmers are concerned about the impact of chemicals on our soil, water, food supply, and health. Family farmers drink the water beneath their fields, eat the food they produce, and live on the land they farm. Farm Aid supports the efforts of family farmers who are leading the way in developing environmentally friendly farming methods which will ensure a healthy food supply for future generations." This site features information on family farms, and offers help to farmers trying to stay on the land.