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What America can learn about food sovereignty from Bolivia

Bolivia is the first country to actually adapt the principles of food sovereignty as a part of its constitution. As writer Steve Holt explains in the article:

Food sovereignty, or local control, has even been codified in Bolivia’s laws, thanks in part to the work of the country’s first indigenous president, Democratic-Socialist Evo Morales, who took office in 2006. When the country’s constitution was rewritten in 2009, 12 articles were added to specifically lay out a vision for food sovereignty. Two more laws, passed in 2011 and 2012, further codified the nation’s apparent resistance to industrial agriculture and an economy too heavily weighted toward commodity crops. Morales, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in February, slammed U.S. fast-food chains, calling them a “great harm to humanity” and accusing them of trying to control food production globally.

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Every border is a crime against humanity - Matador Network

NATIONALITY IS a strange thing. To think that one’s identity would be so thoroughly set by geography rather than self-determination may be a disquieting thought for some, but even the most rebellious would admit that love it or hate it, your country is a big part of who you are.

We’re not all the same, of course. There’s enough variety among the citizens of even the smallest of countries to keep things interesting. But there’s very little that cultural heritage doesn’t impact, with everything from accents to politics getting shaped by geography.

Which is why it’s so weird to think about how accidental it all is.

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