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“There’s no country without corn”
10/8/2008
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Activists propose a local and sustainable food system.

Participants in the Mexico Valley Food Sovereignty Assembly on Oct. 4, pushed for the right to nutrition to be a constitutional right.

As part of the campaign “Sin Maiz, No Hay Pais,” or “Without Corn, There Is No Country,” organizers said that more than 18 million Mexican´s do not have an ensured food supply.

The meeting, held ahead of the campaign´s presentation in Congress Oct. 30-31, aimed to promote citizens´ participation in the reconstruction of on a sustainable nutrition system, based on working closely with campesino farmers, the promotion of safe and healthy food, fairer distribution networks “for all the residents of the Mexico Valley.

Participants discussed the world and national food crises, traditional Mexican cooking, organic markets.

Adelita San Vicente, coordinator of the organization Semillas de Vida, meaning “Seeds of Life” in English, says that strong food sovereignty policies and solid production are necessary to fight high food prices and the US financial crisis.

According to San Vicente, the farming crisis in Mexico is aggravated by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because it “has allowed the importation of poor quality food, in exchange for the exportation of campesinos to the US.”

One of the campaigns demands is to revamp Mexico´s farmland and renegotiate NAFTA´s chapter on agriculture.

San Vincente said that Mexico needs to produce its own food and stop depending on the United States for food, for this to occur.

“We have a 50 percent food dependency and if they close the doors to us because of the financial crisis, surely we will be faced with an extremely difficult national situation.
—Latinamerica Press.


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