Agrocommodities, or agricultural products produced at an industrial scale, are the result of a capitalist patriarchal economic model that relies on the privatisation, commodification and financialisation of nature for profit. This model has come to dominate global food production. The production of agrocommodities continues to wreak havoc on the natural environment, Indigenous peoples, local communities and women.
The rise of agrocommodities has decimated soil health through monocultures and intensive chemical use, polluted water sources, contributed to biodiversity loss and resulted in human rights violations in many cases. Playing a key role in food production, women are especially affected by agrocommodities. From the loss of food sovereignty to militarisation and labour precariousness, the effects of agrocommodities limit women’s autonomy and increase their vulnerability, workloads and care work. This aggravates existing gender inequalities.
Even so, women are actively challenging this system. All over the world, they are working to dismantle the corporations harming people in the territories where they operate, centring gender justice, and defending their water, forests, ways and modes of food production. They offer alternatives based on the fundamental principles of a feminist economy that are forging a path toward just and equitable food systems.
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