Strengthening food sovereignty – WFHB
For today’s episode, we spoke with Antonio Roman-Alcala and Spirit Mike. In 2011 Antonio released the powerful documentary In search of good food, who carefully traced the crises embedded in the food systems of the Central Valley of California, which is the source of most vegetable and tree crops in the United States. Antonio reflected on the film and tackled exciting new possibilities for building food sovereignty and agroecology in the Central Valley, against the grain of powerful structures of exploitation, racial exclusion and environmental devastation. Likewise, Antonio talks about the emerging links between urban agriculture and movements like the George Floyd uprising.
Next, we chat with Spirit Mike, an urban farmer from Tampa, Florida, who was pressured into growing food for his neighborhood due to massive logistical failures at the onset of COVID. It goes into the strategic steps needed to overcome barriers to urban agriculture and how food culture has led to its own explorations of a food system in crisis and the possibility of self-sustaining alternatives. From the Central Valley to Florida, the nation’s bread baskets are also home to some of the most glaring contradictions – entire cities of immigrant workers can be denied clean drinking water that is instead directed to almond orchards, and in which urban communities can be totally cut off from any control over their own food. Yet in these two regions and across North America, people are building food sovereignty and the potential for revolution.