Bolivia takes steps to feed itself (and save the Earth)

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by The Guardian/UK
Will Bolivia Make the Breakthrough on Food Security and the Environment?
Evo Morales’ government is poised to pass a law that ensures Bolivians can feed themselves, and protects the environment
by Mattia Cabitza

LA PAZ, Bolivia – A new law that is being debated in Bolivia is expected to pave the way for the government of President Evo Morales to ensure food security while preserving national sovereignty and protecting the environment.

The law reflects a concept of life in Bolivia that is centred around Suma Qamaña or living well. For Bolivians, these two Aymaran words are not about Fellini’s dolce vita: instead, they are about all people living well in harmony with the Pachamama, or Mother Earth.

The president is soon expected to sign the Law of Productive, Communal and Agricultural Revolution. The government says it will invest $500m (£308m) in sustainable policies that guarantee the local and self-sufficient production of high quality food, while preserving and respecting the country’s immense biodiversity.

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