Sami Food Practices and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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This paper focuses on Sami Indigenous Peoples’ food system as an example to consider for alternative solutions, which do not put stress on the planet ecosystems. Their food system is linked with Sami traditional ecological knowledge and livelihood practices, and all together they inform the Sami’s worldview. Furthermore, I suggest that Sami traditional food system represents a model of ‘sustainable food production and consumption’ to look at in order to foster a higher respect for the food we eat and diminish the current food waste. I call the Sami food system ‘sustainable’ due to their bond to the food production, harvesting and processing and to the high respect of the natural environment and the natural cycle of animals and plants. The Aristotelian philosophical tradition and its virtue ethics help to identify a 'Sami sustainability virtue'. This is understood as a practical wisdom of Sami Indigenous People based on their worldview and traditional ecological knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable governance and management of food systems : Ethical perspectives
EditorsEija Vinnari, Markus Vinnari
Place of PublicationWageningen, The Netherlands
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9789086863419
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868926
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventEURSAFE 2019: Sustainable governance and management of food systems: ethical perspectives. 15th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 18 Sept 201921 Sept 2019
Conference number: 15

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • Food Ethics
  • animal ethics
  • Sami Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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