Basque Country: Food Sovereignty and Cooperative Production
May 21-29, 2011
This tour offers a unique opportunity to get to know Basque Country through the eyes of local Basque farmers, who will invite you into their homes to share meals at their tables and shed light on the experience of the Basque people, and their food culture. A strong sense of autonomy and community shapes much of Basque life, including their system of food production. This tour will explore a variety of food cooperatives in the region, as well as the well known Mondragón Cooperative: Humanity at Work.
Set against a back drop of the beautiful Spanish Pyrinees Mountains, our Basque hosts will show you their unique food traditions from the sea to the farm and explain the ways in which food sovereignty is part of a broader struggle for regional sovereignty. This tour will introduce you to local Vía Campesina members and the local people who are developing alternative models of food production and community self-sufficiency in the Basque Region.