Women as seedkeepers

Linking food and feminisms: learning from decolonial movements

By Jessica Milgroom, Agroecology Now!

Feminist values are central to many food sovereignty and agroecology movements.  Feminisms that bring an anti-colonial, decolonial or indigenous perspective work to reconstitute non-hierarchical relationships among people, between people and nature, and through this shift, the relationship between people and their food.  This article is a part of our column, Agroecology in Motion: Nourishing Transformation.  There are so many feminisms. Intersectional feminism, Black feminism, Indigenous feminism, African feminism, Muslim feminism, communitarian feminism, autonomous feminism, ecofeminism, decolonial feminism — these are just a few current feminisms from the list. Each movement emerges from different historical, geographical and socio-cultural-political contexts. What all of these feminisms have in common is the aim to confront patriarchal, structural inequality and systematic discrimination against non-male genders. Foodways are one place in which this confrontation is front and center. Feminism is a word that carries heavy historical baggage. The word has been stigmatized, still commonly associated with man-hating white...