Taking control of our food

2008-06-27 00:00

“Food sovereignty is about taking back control of what we eat,” says Lawrence Sisitka. “We need to look at the role of food in our society, who makes the decisions about food, how we eat it and how we grow it.”

“I’m looking at the organics industry with a business eye,” says Khanana Memela, chairperson of Organics South Africa (see box), speaking on the significance of organic food farming in South Africa. “I didn’t go into this as a lifestyle decision.” With an MBA and a masters degree, Memela has made a mark as a biotechnologist and currently runs a company producing organic seasonal vegetables. Woolworths is her major customer. “The organic market is so popular with consumers that demand exceeds supply,” she says. “Premium prices are paid for organic food.”

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