Food and Financial Sovereignty = Freedom



Digging into Russian Statistics

If one was to believe the media everyone in Russia is on the verge of panic because of the sanctions on imported foods. The reality is much different, the belief that what Russia imports from other countries would lead to empty shelves in grocery stores has proved to be false? So were does a majority of the food come from that sits on the table of most homes in Russia? The answer is surprising – “the Russian Dacha”.

In 2011, 51% of Russia’s food was grown either by dacha communities (40%), peasant farmers (11%) leaving the rest (49%) of production to the large agricultural enterprises. What is interesting is when one digs deep into the earthy data from the Russian Statistics Service you discover some impressive details. Again in 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80% of the countries fruit and berries, over 66% of the vegetables, almost 80% of the potatoes and nearly 50% of the nations milk, much of it consumed raw. It would be interesting to see this type of data for other countries.

Today European governments make it very difficult to live on a small plot of land, in Russia the opposite is the case. In the UK one councilor’s opinion about living on the land was, “Nobody would subject themselves to that way of life. You might as well be in prison”; living off the land in Russia has meant the sanctions mean very little and affect on them is almost nil.


Food sovereignty

Food sovereignty puts the people who produce, distribute and eat food at the center of decisions about food production and policy and not corporations and market institutions that have come to dominate the global food system.

In 2003, the Russian government signed the Private Garden Plot Act into law, entitling citizens to private plots of land for free. These plots range from 0.89 hectares to 2.75 hectares. Industrial agricultural practices tend to be extremely resource intensive and can damage the environment. 70% of global water use goes to farming, and soil is eroded 10 to 40 times faster.

Furthermore, the dacha movement has given way to an eco-village movement — a movement that has encourages many families to create environmentally friendly and socially just agricultural settlements in which families live on and maintain about one hectare of land. See more here.

Stay tuned more to come.



18 thoughts on “Food and Financial Sovereignty = Freedom

      1. Didn’t Russia already join BRICS along with China and many other countries? I am interested to see how these new alliances will change the global economy and hopefully encourage new technologies as well.

      2. I believe that this is the real reason behind the sanctions on Russia, yes it would be good to see the world fight the tyranny that’s being perpetuated upon them.

  1. The way of life you describe is one that my husband and I would happily have adopted in our younger days. With six children to bring up, we already had a very large garden and three allotment plots. I rarely bought any fresh vegetables for many years. I don’t think there are too many people in the UK today who would enjoy the life, although with the economic squeeze of recent years, allotments are more popular now than they have been for years. (Allotments are rented from local councils, at litttle cost.) An informative and interesting read, as always.

  2. Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    Check this article out and see how a government and economic system can actually work for its people, and at the same time, protect itself from the ravenous wolves of this world, like your government, Mr and Ms Merica!

  3. My wife and I are trying to live this way in Michigan. We have well water that is manually pumped into a gravity tank in our home without the need for electricity or fuel, and we heat our home from the fallen trees our forest provides each year burned in an efficient indoor woodstove. We have a small orchard, some peach and apple trees, grapes, asparagus, etc. We used to be city folk, but are much happier now!

  4. Wow I never knew! If only we have more of that attitude and indeed were told about this in Russia (media would never allow that though). Certainly a better idea of how to use the Dacha’s over here, I might feel more agreeing to all our second homes if they had to employ this kinda of enterprise. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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