Why We Farm
We stand for a food system based on the principles of food sovereignty where everybody has access to healthy, regionally produced, affordable food from farmers they can trust.
We stand for a food system that protects the wellbeing of people here and around the world, the health of the environment and the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.
We want to see power put back in the hands of producers and local communities rather than supermarkets and industrial processors.
Southern Roots Organics support the principles of food soveriengty. Food soveriegnty is a framework that has been developed by La Via Campesina, a grassroots global union representing the collective voice of small-scale and peasant farmers from across the world.
Food sovereignty advocates for the right of peoples all over the world to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It calls for power to be put back in the hands of producers and local communities rather than supermarkets and industrial processors.
Food sovereignty is a framework for small scale agroecolgoical food production that benefits both communities and environment and ensures the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. It puts the aspirations, needs and livelihoods of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.
THERE ARE SIX PILLARS OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
1. Ensures Food is for People
2. Values Food Providers
3. Localizes Food Systems and Reorganizes Food Trade
4. Puts Control Locally and Democratizes Food Governance
5. Builds Knowledge and Skills
6. Works with Nature
There is no other food and farming governance framework that provides such a powerful alternative to the current food industrial and globalised food system. It has taken over twenty years of organising, advoacy and campaing for this framework and its foundations to gain the momentum and recognition it now has at both national and international levels.
We see agroecology as a way of life and a way of interacting with our surroundings. It is also our way of making progress towards Food Sovereignty.
The Landworkers' Alliance
We are proud members of the Landworkers' Alliance,
a grassroots union representing small-scale farmers and growers in the UK.
The Land Workers Alliance works to overcome the obstacles faced by small to medium scale farmers and growers by campaigning for policies to support the infrastructure and markets central to it's members livelihoods, building alliances and encouraging solidarity.
The Land Workers Alliance also raise awareness of the role that small-scale producers, family farmers and land-based workers play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, rural livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.
Find out more at www.landworkersalliance.org.uk
La Via Campesina
The Landworkers' Alliance are members of La Via Campesina.
La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together over two hundred million peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.
La Via Campesina campaigns for food sovereignty. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity, and it strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
Find out more at www.viacampesina.org
The Nyeleni Europe platform has led to increasing numbers of people engaging in the transformation of the dominant food and agriculture system, resisting the agro-industrial model of production and consumption, and building the Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and worldwide.
The Nyéléni Europe Movement brings together farmers, fishers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, consumers, NGOs, trade unions, environmental, development, research and Justice/Solidarity/Human Rights Organizations, community-based food movements and others, to enhance existing food sovereignty initiatives and strengthen our work at local, national, regional and global levels.
Find out more at www.nyelenieurope.net
Southern Roots and Solidarity
The UK has a long and dark history of colonisation, occupation, enslavement and forced displacement of peoples throughout the world. It has a food system which has historically been built on this exploitation of others. Even today, there are over sixty UK registered companies and transnational corporations engaging in numerous land grabbing and resource extractions deals around the world, and this has hundreds of years of colonial history behind it.
At the same time, we are witnessing rising xenophobia in Europe and in the UK a racist anti-immigration policy that actively creates 'a hostile environment' for people from other parts of the world living here.
We believe people should be free to plant their roots where .... and treated with dignity and respect.
We support the right of people from around the world who are forced and/or chosing to leave their homes to come to Europe, and the right for Europeans to migrate within Europe.
We stand in solidarity with all those that are being persecuted, attacked, criminalised and forcefully deported at our borders.