Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: Announcements 2018-09-24T09:41:58-07:00 Open Journal Systems <p>The&nbsp;<strong><em>Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development</em><em>&nbsp;</em>(JAFSCD) </strong>is an <strong>open access, international, peer-reviewed</strong> <strong>journal</strong> focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals. JAFSCD emphasizes best practices and tools related to the planning, community economic development, and ecological protection of local and regional agriculture and food systems, and works to bridge the interests of practitioners and academics. Articles are published online as they are approved, and are gathered into quarterly issues for indexing purposes. JAFSCD is an online-only journal; subscribers may download or print any articles in accordance with the Creative Commons <a title="CC BY 4.0" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CC BY 4.0</a> license.</p> Editorial Announcements: FEATURED CONTENT: A Native Perspective: Food Is More Than Consumption 2018-07-05T08:22:33-07:00 Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development <div class="row"> <div class="main_entry"> <div class="item abstract"> <p><strong>A Native Perspective: Food Is More Than Consumption</strong></p> <p><a title="A Native Perspective" href=""><img style="float: right; margin: 0px 10px;" src="/public/site/images/achristian/JAFSCD-Cover-Volume5-Issue4-LoRes_opt21.jpg"></a></p> <p><strong>Rachel V. Vernon</strong>, CoFED, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, Oakland, California</p> <p><strong>Keywords: </strong>Native American, Food Justice, Food Movement, Culture, Food Sovereignty</p> </div> <div class="item abstract"><strong>ABSTRACT</strong><br>Effectively engaging in food work with and among Native American people toward food sovereignty requires cultural competency, historical knowledge, and a more complex understanding of how food informs community well-being. Drawing on both personal and academic experience, this paper argues that Native Americans' food consumption is tied to land, place, relationships, community, and health. Native American relationships to food stand in contrast to American individualism and function as an intricate part of communities to maintain relationships, build cultural knowledge, and satisfy emotional and physical health. Food problems among Native people have developed over centuries of forced change, a history that provides insight into the way food has been utilized to colonize. As a result, many tribes and individuals have become food dependent on the U.S. government. Food systems research and outreach that focuses narrowly on consumption and access risk oversimplifying Native communities' relationship to food as well as their movement toward food sovereignty. Solutions that do not account for the cultural and historical realities of Native people are not real solutions to the problems confronting them. We must make room, therefore, in the food justice movement to envision alternative solutions that better reflect Native realities, cultures, and lives.</div> <div class="item abstract">&nbsp;</div> <div class="item abstract"> <p><strong><a href="">Read the commentary</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> 2018-07-05T08:22:33-07:00