The Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS) is a community-led resource for sharing, building off of, and safeguarding farmer innovations from around the world.
A Growing Culture, the non-profit organisation responsible for setting up the LFS, believes sustainability lies in returning small-scale farmers back to the forefront of agriculture.
The non-profit organisation is aware of the importance of indigenous knowledge, wisdom that has been passed down through generations, indigenous people, and their ability to save the world from many of the food security issues it now faces.
A Growing Culture is calling upon that wisdom, putting indigenous people at the forefront and providing them a platform in which they can vocalise to the world what needs to be done and should be done to transform the food system.
Indigenous people adapt and do so very easily. Smallholder farmers are forced to work in conditions of constant environmental, economic, and social change, and still manage to produce 70% of the world’s food.
Loren Cardeli, founder and president of A Growing Culture, says: “For thousands of years, farmers have provided humanity with sustenance and nutrition, developing creative and progressive techniques that work with nature, not against it. Yet our society consistently overlooks and undervalues them in favor of a food system developed and promoted by corporations, not farmers.
“We [A Growing Culture] can no longer participate in a system that denigrates farmers, their communities, and their products. Instead, we rise in solidarity with those who feed the world. We stand with farmers and everyone who contributes to a global food supply. And we will stand with them until they are recognized as the leaders they are and returned to their rightful place at the helm of agriculture.”
A Growing Culture works on advocacy to support farmer-led research, innovation, and knowledge sharing, helping farmers throughout the world create sustainable, self-driving futures.
Loren Cardeli adds: “Farming is not just a formula; it is a feeling and an art. A culmination of sweat, science and tradition, respect and determination. By creating this online community, a dialogue is initiated and information becomes accessible.”
There are a number of ways you can support the work of A Growing Culture and its support of farmers and grassroots level farming – from sponsoring a farmer-led workshop to donations. For more information, click here.
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