Food autonomy is a process of empowerment that enables people to exercise their food rights. In a spirit of respect for humanity, nature and the environment, individuals and groups achieve food autonomy and self-sufficiency by becoming empowered to take control of their own lives and the food they eat, including ensuring their access to quality food.
There are four pillars of food autonomy: food accessibility; the power to choose; respect for people, nature and the environment; and collective action.
ACCESS TO FOOD, A BASIC INGREDIENT
At all times, people need access to a sufficient quantity of adequate and quality food. Food accessibility requires diversified and local food supply locations within proximity of where people live. In addition, it requires prices that are reasonable and fair and sufficient purchasing power to be able to make good food choices with full dignity. Food accessibility is associated with a fair and balanced distribution of wealth.
THE POWER TO CHOOSE
Food autonomy means, collectively, being well-informed about food-related issues in order to have better control over the food you eat. This control is achieved through greater democracy in the way collective decisions are made and through transparency in the area of food standards, production conditions and food quality.
A MATTER OF RESPECT
Food autonomy fosters appreciation of people, nature and the environment. It goes hand in hand with justice and equity for all citizens of the world and the fair and eco-responsible management of resources. Food autonomy supports agriculture on the human scale and promotes direct contact between food producers and consumers.
To achieve food autonomy requires collective and cooperative action that empowers and develops self-reliance in individuals and their communities. This is the path to building and reclaiming the food rights of each and every person on this planet. Actions may include demanding laws and policies to guarantee the right of each individual to adequate food with dignity. They may also include initiatives such as community gardens, collective kitchens, buying groups, solidarity grocery stores, shopping locally and fair trade purchases, etc.