Informal Session: Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
Organizers: Kathleen Riley
Despite scheduling difficulties, a group of 5 met and had an animated conversation, based in part on ideas from three others who presented in absentia. Topics discussed included: race and labor relations for horticultural workers (Pacific Islanders and other racialized groups) in Australia; various NGO efforts at agricultural reform in the US-affiliated Pacific (Hawaii, Guam, Sinamai, Chuk, Pohnpei, Samoa) and the need to decolonize and listen to the diverse local approaches; the global impact on Marquesan foodways and possibilities for reclaiming local food production and consumption; the exploration of indigenous phenomenologies of hunger and satiety in rural West Papua, in the context of deforestation, oil palm expansion, and transitional foodways. Two common themes emerged: colonialism and capitalism have shaped unhealthy, environmentally destructive, and/or culturally meaningless foodways, frequently powered by unfair/racist labor practices rather than once again imposing Western ideologies and insti- tutions to address these problems, we need to tap Pacific people's diverse understandings of food, health, work, and the environment, as well as their practices of resilience and their frameworks of value. Based on this and further discussion online afterwards, we have decided to go forward with a working session in Portland. The new title and abstract will highlight the many global-local discourses, dialogues, and debates taking place in the Pacific over food sovereignty – identifying climate, health, and labor as some of the key interacting factors. Finally, we are removing ‘agriculture’ from the title because we will be including various forms of food production, including fishing.
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