Launching “The Supermarket Museum” project with Culture of Solidarity grant

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Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation was awarded with a grant from the Culture of Solidarity Fund. The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that reinforce solidarity and deal with the aftermaths of the pandemic for European societies. The second round looked to re-unite Europe and its people in solidarity through supporting local cultural players in building alliances across nations, borders and differences with a broader European idea in mind. The projects range from Europe-wide campaigns on the topic of European solidarity, to grants that support groups who are most severely affected by legislative or financial adversities during the pandemic, and from proposals on greening the future of our continent to projects revealing untold histories of Europeans.

The Supermarket Museum. Living together within limitsAgro-Perma-Lab arts & agroecology collaboration / 2021

The project is an international collaboration of permaculture and agroecology networks . 5 organisations have enthusiastically agreed to be our partners: Asociación La Bolina from Spain, Red de Semillas from Spain, Permaculture Ukraine, Permakultur Institut from Germany and Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ from Czech Republic. We also received several expressions of interest from few other exciting partners and we will look into how we may include them. 

What is the idea behind The Supermarket Museum?

A group of artists, agroecology, permaculture leaders, and volunteers will create an online audio-visual exhibition called “The Supermarket Museum”. The first “path” in the museum explores and artistically interprets the “supermarket culture”: its convenience-, monoculture- & profit- driven modus operandi that wipes out social, economic and ecological solidarity values. Opposing this dominant culture, the second “path” of the museum describes existent successful alternatives – those based on food sovereignty and solidarity.

The project will reinforce the notion of Europe as a shared public space, space for food sovereignty which is local, but based on universal values of human rights about access to healthy food and using our Earth’s resources wisely. By re-imagining local food systems, the project will address the lack of solidarity in supermarket workers rights, the disappearance of local food growers, and the huge climate footprint of long-chain distribution.

The supermarket food system and its cultural, economical and ecological implications is dangerously fragile and based on the set of values very far away from solidarity:

– its underlying values of profit-making, not respecting local communities, not respecting cultural and biological diversity,
– the supermarket model destroys small farms, monopolizes local food systems and does not respect dignity of workers, also frequently avoids paying taxes,
– long-chain food production, distribution and waste issues damage ecologies and health.
The Covid crisis exposed wide-spread food poverty, that can deepen with climate, health and ecological crises. But not only. The virus, also highlighted a parallel ‘pandemics’ – European population has largely lost the practical knowledge of food growing. NOW is the time to use

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