Native Food Systems

All peoples throughout history have had lived with food systems.  Whether the most ancient of civilizations or today's globalized economy, every culture has had systems in place that include the following components:

• Production of Food (e.g., farming, fishing, hunting and forraging)

• Processing (e.g., drying, freezing, packaging, altering, etc.)

• Distribution (e.g., shipping, marketing, sharing, donating, selling, etc.)

• Preparation/Cooking

• Consumption (eating!)

• Cultural Practices

• Giving Back (e.g., recycling)


Terrol Johnson, Tristan Reader, Co-founders of Tohono O'odham Community Action