Mariarosa Dalla Costa — Food sovereignty, peasants and women

The emergence of a large movement of peasants and other rural figures who want modalities of work and life that belong more to tradition than capitalist tendencies, has often had to confront, in the ideas of the movement itself, judgments of backwardness and utopianism as well as the assumption that there is no turning back. But we could observe that this “past” is the “present” of a very large part of humanity since in the world there are only 27 million farmers working with tractors, 250 million using animal traction and around 1 billion, in which there are many women, working just with their hands. And above all, from the point of view of these subjects, the agricultural policies conducted hitherto, much more so in the neo-liberal version, are revealed as a real politics of genocide, and keep causing more and more hunger and death also through the forced mass suicide of indebted peasants. For these the first objection is that to sign up to these policies on behalf of those who work in agriculture today, in particular in the so-called developing countries, would be to sign up to a high risk of death. The necessity of an alternative is not only non-deferrable but also already present in the concrete systems of traditional cultivation guaranteeing many more possibilities of life and nourishment. Download full PDF article 

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