The Congress of African People views Food Security and Agricultural Development as top priorities facing the Pan African Community. Let's explore a few reasons why:
1. Much of African Culture is based on an Agrarian Foundation. Lest we forget that our foreparents brought to the West were brought for our farming skills. Many of our parents were either born or raised on farms in the South.
2. Much of the land which African Americans owned was/is farm land, though much has been lost, and we must work to regain those losses. Therefore, we have an historical and spiritual relationship to the land base, as do Native Americans.
3. 85% of the Worlds Food supply is owned by 5 or less multi-national companies, Monsanto being the most known. These companies promote and lobby for the distribution of genetically modified foods (GMO), much of which can be connected to disease processes in our bodies. Thru these companies criminal and inhumane practices, they seek to dominate the food market by making seeds which only last one time, and making toxic fertilizers, which kill off the soil base.
4. These disease processes compromises our health and causes our people to become victims of a system which serves people bad food (GMO), causing them to enter the health care system early, and then further victimized by a health care system which addicts us to pharmeceudicals rather than farmeceudicals.
5. We at CAP adopt our Ancestor, Imhotep's admonition and policy, that we must make "Food our Medicine, and Medicine our Food".Farm/Garden grown foods and herbs are nature's way of providing the proper nutritional balance and healing for our Body Temples.
6. The growing and preparation of food has always a spiritually based practice in our community, and when we are disassociated with them, our spiritual balance and center is thrown into disharmony, and we become alienated from a key aspect of our Spiritual Culture. Western culture breeds such alienation, and organic food becomes a way of reconnecting to our Body Temples.
7. While Africa is known mostly for its mineral wealth, it also has one of the richest soil bases in the world, and most every food product can be grown there. Thus, gaining control of our Food Production is a key element of economic empowerment and development
POLICY CONSIDERATIONS FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
1. Recognition of Africa as the Food Basket of the World
On Dec. 14, 2017 the Congress of African People signed a contract with The Seed Lady of Watts, Anna Marie Carters' Cuppedia, Inc. This company, as is the Seed Lady, are heirs to Reginald Lewis' Beatrice Foods. This, with the fact that the Seed Lady was appointed by the Obama Administration to the International Trade Commission, means that Cuppedia and its Associates in her COGABO organization, have immediate access to global markets for her food products which are being grown all over the world, with California standards and style. The Seed Lady has trained many of the children in Watts on how to run various aspects of her business, and she is now primed to become a major food distributor of Non GMO, 100% tested pure food products, in a time of declining organic food regulation and standards. This places Ms. Carter in a key position to be/become a major contributor to Food Security and Sovereignty in our national and Pan African Nation Building endeavors. For those not familiar with Ms. Carter, she is noted for saving over 1 billion organic, heirloom seeds over the last 40 years, and has been anointed by industry leaders to be the Heir Apparent to George Washington Carver, for discovering 300 different uses for the coconut, as he did with the peanut. Stand by for updates.