After spending four months in Ecuador, I examine and compare the intrusion of processed, packaged, and pesticide-laden food into both Quito and the indigenous village of San Clemente. I utilize economic, historical, and cultural analyses from a food sovereignty perspective. In particular, I focus on food sovereignty issues within San Clemente that are caused by historical oppression through colonialism and land grabs; two things that have forced the village to subscribe to capitalism. This has led to the buying and selling of popular brand products, such as Nestlé, being sold by three different stores within the village. This holds strong cultural impacts, especially in regards to the Ecuadorian indigenous movements alive today. In addition, I note the ever-expanding boom in commercial grocery stores in Ecuador's urban spaces due to the economic fall in 1998. Exploring the cause and effect of the current Ecuadorian food system offers a critical lens into food sovereignty issues across the world.
Food Sovereignty, Ecuador
Food, Politics, and Cultures
Student, Environmental Justice, Pitzer College, United States
CA, United States
I have been looking into food justice since age 14. Today, I am critiquing the root causes of inequality and how they act as barriers to food sovereignty at every chance. I have completed thorough qualitative and quantitative research on the social determinants of health for Mexican-American immigrants in California's Inland Empire, explored the impacts of CAFOs on people of color in North Carolina, deeply explored the impacts of the Navajo Nation's Junk Food Tax, and spent four months researching food justice in both Quito and San Clemente of Ecuador.