Rising from the Ashes of a Western Blaze

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  • Rachel England

Abstract

A review of research confirms that the neoliberal model of globalization in agricultural trade undermines food sovereignty and food-sharing practices in indigenous Ecuadoran fishing societies. This project examines the interrelated factors involving the displacement and poverty forced upon Ecuadorians in response to the lack of acknowledgement of their presence in and dependence on the mangrove ecosystem in Manabi, Ecuador (Latorre, 2013). It explores how food regimes are forged from historical thinking and emerge through neoliberal language (Fairbairn, 2010). Further, this project associates the fear of hunger in the homes of Western people (Bello, Walden, & Baviera, 2010) with the ignorance and displacement of the Manabi people, who are driven into greater hunger, poverty and consumption of unwanted chemicals (Altieri, 2010). I suggest that indigenous peoples maintain their eco-philosophies in order to regain their identities, which are synonymous with the cultural lands the corporate world has privatized (Morrison, 2011).

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