Declaration of Interdependence between Farmers and Consumers
In this time of climate and public health emergencies, we realize that what we are experiencing is the part of the legacy of this industrial food system, where margins and volumes are prioritized over the health and the wellbeing of all.
Signing this declaration, we reassert the necessary, meaningful, and rewarding interdependence of farmers and consumers. We signal the start of our independence from the harmful fictions, practices, and processed products that we have been fed by the big food industry.
We see ourselves as active citizens with power and agency to co-create and co-produce a sustainable, environmentally responsible, and equitable food system with our farmers to be able to provide all Filipinos with healthy, safe, and affordable food.
To eat responsibly must be a freedom enjoyed by everyone. No one should be hungry or food insecure. To begin to realize this vision, we commit to the following, whenever possible and practicable:
Understand food production by growing our own food in our balconies or backyards; Buy directly from small organic farmers and get to know them;
Push for the creation of local organic farmers’ markets in our communities;
Have a suki at the palengke whom we trust;
Cook at home using ingredients that are wholesome and natural;
Learn more about the source of the food we eat, including the environmental and labor conditions it took to produce them;
Promote and safeguard biodiversity in our food system and avoid genetically modified food products;
Voice our support for agroecology and organic agriculture with our national and local representatives.