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Malik Yakini – Reframing farming as a noble profession

Ok well I think globally that we have a problem of valuing urban life over rural life so in many places in the world you have
people leaving the rural countryside coming into cities both for employment but also there’s this
allure of the city there’s this kinda faster life and this idea
that you’re more sophisticated and so many people around the world are kind of caught up in that way of thinking that combined with the fact that farming is
very hard work you know people romanticize about it but
it’s very hard physical work and so there’s lots of people trying to get
out of that work and trying to find other ways of finding employment and so farming is not held in high esteem but we’re all dependent upon farmers for our
food and so in order to build a just food
system where farmers are paid what they’re worth and really can live a comfortable life
we have to value the work they’re doing more than we value it now so that’s across the board but in African descendent communities and I say it like that I don’t say
specifically African-Americans because this is true for both those born in America and also for those born in the Caribbean
um… because we had and and and in Central and South America we have this legacy of doing farming to enrich others so we have the experience of enslavement we had experience of share cropping and then
we have other farms forms of tenant farming all of which were designed to enrich others and so for many African descendent people that’s the frame of reference through
which we view farming and so a large part of the work of the
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is to reframe that work as an
act of self-determination and not as an act to enrich someone else

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