Slideshow: The Lexicon of Sustainability

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"Food Sovereignty"

Xuyen Pham’s Garden, New Orleans, LA

“Food Sovereignty" Xuyen Pham, MQVN CDC. New Orleans, LA. Credit: Information artwork by Douglas Gayeton. From the Lexicon of Sustainability project.

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Douglas Gayeton, information artist

Douglas Gayeton

“After Katrina there was no fresh produce within a hundred miles of New Orleans, but this community of Vietnamese people in east New Orleans collectively mapped out their backyards and the total cumulative acreage of all their backyards put together equaled the size of a medium farm. So they worked out who was going to grow what. Not only do they grow for the community, but they also grow food specific to where they had lived in Vietnam. Food sovereignty is an idea of not abandoning their culture and of maintaining a sense of community that’s connected to food as they know it — it’s their term.

It’s really wild. What you don’t see is that she’s in a suburban area with all these houses around her — I like it because you think it’s a picture of a woman in Vietnam and then you start to read it and you’re like, ‘What, huh?’”

Credit: Information artwork by Douglas Gayeton. From the Lexicon of Sustainability project.

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  • Dawn Schlum

    Wow!  This sustainability project viewed from #1-#9 has been an informative journey for me and I hope the public in general.  Vandana Shiva, as shown on a segment of one of your programs is refreshing, exciting, and makes me want to know more!  I love this Lexicon of Sustainability….a real education on something we take for granted ….so far!

  • Appreciate-o

    FYI, #7 isn’t showing when you click it. Thnx.

  • Jane Carroll

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  • boiester

    There are curators for this show taking it to farmers markets, schools, libraries and other places. You can borrow it too. Visit to see a curator near you.