One fundamental separation present since the origin of capitalism is the forcible dispossession of workers, peasants, and indigenous people from common land. This has left us not only unable to walk on vast areas of land but unable to produce our own food at scale outside the market and challenge the power of industrial agriculture. What is the relationship between the rural and the urban in relation to food production, access to nature and subsistence ways of living for communities? And how has this division been racially structured by the forces of capitalism?
As the climate crisis intensifies and political tensions destabilise the tight international order and its underlying supply chains that we all are now dependent on, questions such as food access, logistics, and migrant seasonal labour use will come to the fore. This can be seen both on global and local levels; the separation from land enforced by globalised monoculture agriculture and production, with the colonial empires controlling and extracting from the rest of the world, has over centuries decreased communities’ abilities to provide for themselves and is destroying the fabric of the earth, our water tables and biodiversity. What forms of resistance are being carried out by indigenous communities and others and which collective and commoning practices can move us towards a direct and symbiotic relationship with nature as opposed to an extractive and destructive one?