Support Indigenous food system biocultural diversity

Alejandro Argumedo, Yiching Song, Colin K Khoury*, Danny Hunter, Hannes Dempewolf

Journal Title: The Lancet Planetary Health

Volume/Issue/Page: Volume 4, Issue 12, December 2020, e554

Published Time: December 2020


In the aftermath of COVID-19 and ongoing efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change, we heartily agree with Zavaleta-Cortijo and colleagues that food systems are essential to health and resilience in Indigenous communities. Moreover, as these biocultural processes embody the longest ongoing human experiences with the provision of food under environmental stresses, shocks, and extremes, we suggest that the world has much to learn from Indigenous food systems. Now, more than ever, what is needed is respect for diversity and for the knowledge systems that have both nurtured it and survived because of it.

Corresponding author: Colin K Khoury,

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