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Indigenous Food: The Not-So-Secret Ingredient For Sustainability

Sometimes, the way food gets positioned socially may have no relation to how science determines its nutritional value.

Handful of ragi. Photograph: Shutterstock

As evidence around climate change and its impact becomes more glaring, many people believe reor­gan­i­sing the global food system is one possible strategy to combat this challenge. Studies sug­gest that our current global food system (that entails various aspects of production, transportation, and consumption) results in roughly one-third of the total carbon emissions. Current food practices are affecting the health of the people and the planet in equally negative ways. One proposed suggestion, as part of the reorganisation of our food system, is the concerted effort to engage in methods such as agroecology, decentralised small-scale farming and engaging with indigenous knowledge sys­t­ems. But how do these global designs affect the everyday living in remote Indian villages? How does this relate to young indigenous people who may be attracted to individual social mobility, rather than thinking about climate change and sustainability? How do they look at their own indigenous food systems and practices?

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