What is Food Sovereignty?
In general, food sovereignty is the right of a people or community to have healthy and culturally-appropriate food choices available to them. The community retains control over how the food is produced, processed and distributed.
For the Nipmuc tribe, food sovereignty focuses on the need for food to live healthy lives – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Growing, catching, and eating healthy, culturally-appropriate foods will help us to reduce diabetes and heart disease in our community, restores our lost relationship with the land, builds self-sufficiency, provides for all members of the community, recognizes that food is a gift and allows us control over our natural resources and economy.