Transformation or the next meal?

Global-local tensions in food justice work


  • Elizabeth Vibert University of Victoria
  • Bikrum Singh Gill Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech
  • Matt Murphy Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Astrid Pérez Piñán School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
  • Claudia Puerta Silva Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia



Food sovereignty, Indigenous food systems, Decolonization, Local food systems, capitalism, climate change, social movements


This article presents conversations across difference that took place among community partners and researchers at a week-long workshop in T’Sou-ke First Nation territory in 2019. The workshop launched the Four Stories About Food Sovereignty research network and project, which brings together food producers, activists, and researchers representing T’Sou-ke Nation in British Columbia, Wayuu Indigenous communities in Colombia, refugee communities in Jordan, and small-scale farmers in South Africa. We focus here on conversations that highlight global-local tensions in food justice work, the pressures of extractive economy, and pressures arising from climate crisis – challenges that some participants framed at the level of global extractivism and colonial-capitalism, others at the level of the soil. As the conversations reveal, there was more common ground than conflict in shared histories of dispossession, shared predicaments of extractive capital and its government allies, and shared concern to renew and reinvigorate ancestral practices of care for territory.




How to Cite

Vibert, E., Singh Gill, B., Murphy, M., Pérez Piñán, A., & Puerta Silva, C. (2022). Transformation or the next meal? : Global-local tensions in food justice work. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 9(2), 226–248.