We are in charge of our bodies and our health, as well as that of our community and planet. I’m fascinated by how those things are interconnected and am eager to learn more about them every day of my life. In the midst of the current public debate and anxiety about climate change, I am sure of one thing only : change starts on my plate. My food choices are the most tangible and significant contributions I can make to shape the world I live in, including public health, biodiversity conservation and food access.
Laetitia Mailhes is a French journalist. She has been living in San Francisco since 1997. She delights in giving herself this platform to write about what she is passionate about: sustainable food and farming. She’s an avid cook who thrives on simple and wholesome meals made daily from natural ingredients. Although a Permaculture Design Course graduate, she’s had no further farming experience so far that she can honestly brag about since her childhood summer days on the paternal family farm in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Laetitia is also the proud contributor to two French collaborative books:
“Seule, la diversité cultivée peut nourrir le monde – Réponses à l’OMC” (Editions du Linteau, Paris, March 2011)
Over 20 authors from around the world, including Vandana Shiva and 1995 World Food Prize Laureate Hans Herren, speak up against the WTO’s definition of “food sovereignty”, dictated by governments and multinational corporations, and argue in favor of the right of local communities to self-determination on food issues.
“La bio entre business et projet de société” (Editions Agone, Marseille, May 2012)
As “organic” farming has been going the industrial way, reality seems further and further removed from the original dream of farming practices that are truly respectful of nature and people. Or is it? Devoted farmers around the world sustain the integrity of their practices, while Big Ag co-opts and adapts a model that has increasing market appeal. The landscape is complex and confusing, and the authors strive to make sense of it, from California to Israel, from Morocco to Bolivia, and many places in between.