Embodied Commons: Food, Health, and Leisure

 

This workshop took a holistic view of health creation to include also food production and distribution as well as sport and leisure activities. It addressed the different determinants of our physical and mental condition, based on social justice, solidarity economy, and respect to biophysical limits of ecosystems.

The commons approach underlines the importance of self-organised, locally rooted, inclusive and resilient community networks and civic spaces in order to re-think the practices and the development of public policy-making in this domain.

Participants had experience with the interrelationship at all points of the journey from “Land to Fork”, including access to land, nutrition, food sovereignty, cultivation, etc.; new forms of distribution, including for recycling; access to medical knowledge and patient-guided health policies and services; democratization of healthcare and self-organization of citizen efforts to reduce bureaucratic hurdles; and reclaiming the field for grassroots sports while challenging norms to inspire new models of recreation.

As participant Bart Gurgeon Planta explained, during the workshop:

‘Regarding food, it is necessary to create new supply chains with a much more direct relation between producers of ecological food and consumers in cities. We talked about projects we knew and how to spread these projects to other cities.

Circular economy is the basis of this transition and it is only possible on a local scale, so we’re talking about cities. It would be good to have institutional support, for instance in a reform of European Agricultural Subsidies for ecological public school restaurants.

We talked about a project in a school project in Barcelona where food waste of the school was sent back to the local ecological farmer where the school bought the vegetables. In this way a real change towards circular economy was made and parents and a broader community were involved and awareness was created. This could be spread to other schools and cities as an open source idea. We talked about the role of the ECA to spread and help implementing these kind of ideas.’