trueque first exchangeFood nourishes our bodies and the body of our community. Food sovereignty means having control over the means of producing for self-consumption as well as inter-communal trading, thus allowing us to have great control over our own health as well as our own involvement in local economy. Communities can develop food transaction on their own terms, rather than relying on large international agribusiness corporations who monopolize food production, distribution, and ultimately consumption. Food sovereignty allows people to sustain themselves within the context of primarily agricultural areas, as it has direct impacts on local economies and employment, individual and community health, and when practiced effectively, on environmental health. 

Currently, the movement toward huge agribusiness projects results in massive deforestation; environmental pollution; liberal use of pesticides which wreck havoc in ecosystems and detrimentally effect workers. Most significantly, this monopoly forces people into working for these companies and buying their products through exploiting consumers who are dependent and uninformed.

Breaking this cycle allows for sustainability on many levels: environmental, livelihood, health, and community. Changing land practices to enable small scale farmers to earn a living through agriculture ultilizing principles of agroecology results in less wildlife destruction, more efficient farm land systems, and healthier food products. Agroecology signifies diversity; using mixed-cropping practices, producing organic foods, and emphasizing biodiversity ultimately leads to more successful and healthy food production. Connecting communities that produce different foods leads to more nutritious diets, empowerment through direct product trading, and exchanges of ideas amongst trade participants.