African Food Sovereignty and the Push to Replace Farmers' Markets with Supermarkets
Synopsis of coming article ....
While GMO's, "land grabs,"
hunger, and the safety and politics of food donations, and some other issues are regularly discussed with regard to
African Food Sovereignty, little to no attention has been paid to the ever-growing encroachment of supermarkets into Sub Saharan Africa. With very little and poor fresh
produce, lots of processed foods and other nonfood products such as pharmaceuticals etc., supermarkets, the posh, modern style of life, are growingly replacing farmers' markets in Sub Saharan Africa and raising alarming health concerns as well as concerns regarding their impact on livelihoods of Sub Saharan Africa's small and family farmers.
Yet such an inquiry and examination is not
only necessary and critical to African Food Sovereignty, but such an
examination also sheds great light on the role supermarkets play in the
lack of food sovereignty in this country, the US, and all over the modern world and the subsequent
decline in the health of US habitants and others around the modern world.
and interestingly, such an examination also plays a role in
deconstructing the whole notion of "food deserts" defined as the lack of supermarkets correlated with private transportation ownership in certain communities and the subsequent government policies subsidizing Walmart and other corporate grocers to indeed sell their "food products" in so-called "food deserts" rather than subsidizing a truly, healthier choice which is also "less modern" and more "traditional, " farmer's markets. Note this latter choice would also appear to enrich local communities versus large corporations.
A look at new supermarkets in Sub Saharan Africa shows how organic, locally
grown produce, sold at farmers markets is slowly being replaced by cheaper and
unhealthy processed food products, how farmers consequently loose income
and eventually their livelihoods all together, and how communities and
whole swaths of humanity-on the subcontinent loose their health following the wholesale introduction of unhealthy food products in the modern, posh option of supermarkets.
The foreign ownership of such supermarkets also directly confronts the idea of African Food Sovereignty as well.
Watching supermarkets take over farmers markets on the Sub Continent reveals how "modernization" has led to our health decline, the decline of our food sovereignty, and the concentration of wealth and power in large "food" product corporations all over "the modern" world. .Such a development also raises the question of whether "modernization" has been overall good for humanity.