Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Word on...Cocina Popular de Aztlan...a Plant Based Catering Cooperative

This proyecto in rebellion exposes an intricate trenza of colonization by honoring food as a carrier of palabra. Nuestra plant-based foods embody social messages of resistance against the occupation of our bodies, our Aztlan, by patriarchal, imperialist U.S. food traditions and diseases.

Rooted in indigenismo, food as palabra has its own story of conquest and struggle. Yet, it speaks of liberacion y descolonizacion by asking us to remember, remember our food ways--Living in harmony with all of our communities, our relations by honoring and not exploiting or abusing: Land, Animals and Humans. 

In an attempt to promote the recuperation of pre-colonial food ways, currently, we are developing interactive workshops, resources and tools to decolonize food ways as a means to heal our community—people, plants, animals and Mother Earth. These projects are financially supported by our catering services. 

Our food costs are fiscally lower than most colonial food service industries due to strict use of non-dairy, non-animalized products (which continue to sky-rocket in price and keep our community in unhealthy conditions). We also avoid the unseen costs the dominant food systems fail to take into account such as: the environmental and biodiversity destruction caused by animal farming, psychological and exploitative conditions of workers who process and package animalized and feminized proteins (milk, cheese, eggs & female animal bodies), can health care costs to heal ill bodies infected by food related diseases. 

We are currently in the process of building relationships with local natural food growers as part of our solidarity efforts with the CIW and the South Central Farm.

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