On 10 February, WDM helped organise the first regional food sovereignty meeting in the south west. Food sovereignty advocates that the people who produce, distribute and consume food at the centre of decisions on food systems and policies, rather than the demands of markets and corporations that they believe have come to dominate the global food system.
This was the first big meeting since the national gathering at OrganicLea on the outskirts of London last July, and it aimed to strengthen regional networks of the food sovereignty movement and make national planning more accessible to people outside of London.
The meeting attracted over 40 people from across the South West, which is testament to the vibrant community food networks alive in the region. There was a lot of energy to coordinate actions, public education materials and events in the South West, including a festival in the summer of 2014 (either in the South West or nationally). There was also an idea to start working on a regional food charter.
It was also agreed to plan an action for 17 April to tie in with the international day of peasant struggle.
This regional meeting was the first of a tour of similar meetings to engage local food sovereignty networks across the UK.
If you want to help organise one in your region please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Or visit www.foodsovereigntynow.org.uk