Food for All in Latin America

In today’s modern society, much of Latin America still does not have access to enough healthy food to survive off of. Many of the countries in Latin America have started their own coalitions and organizations in order to access food. Central to these coalitions is sovereignty over land and food defined as “to control the mechanisms and policies of food production and distribution rather than having the corporations and market institutions” do so. As stated by the author of the article, Ana Inés Heras, “this means deciding where is food produced and for whom, with what purposes (satisfying local popular needs or exporting goods), and in which ways (e.g. organically grown or chemically supported).”

Food sovereignty is a “multi-factor oriented struggle” because it addresses issues such as water and land use, as well as having to take cultural patterns and practices into account. Community agriculture and food sovereignty are a way of life, so it is nearly impossible to separate out cultural beliefs from these practices. However, agro-business interests have been seen to collide with these values, thus creating divides in the community.  A stated in the article, “Anthropologists have agreed on identifying that eating and food habits are not only a question of biological need but are part and parcel of socio-cultural orientations. Thus, what we eat, how we eat it, when we eat it, with whom and why are all issues that conform our eating habits.” Nonetheless, when it comes down tot he choice of maintaining cultural practices or supplying food to the community, I believe many individuals would sway towards the latter option.