Food sovereignty: the next big idea

The Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) shows us an article by Raj Patel. Mr Patel says that ‘food sovereignty’ is the next big idea.

My fellow blogger Noah Zerbe at Global Food Politics explains the difference between food sovereignty and food security. ‘Food sovereignty emphasizes local control and self-sufficiency, while food security emphasizes reliance on the global economy based on liberalized agricultural markets.’

Thanks for explaining, Noah. This is interesting when we notice the Green Rush for African land.

Now, looking back at Mr Patel’s article, we see that he doesn’t focus only on big deals such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He has no problem with deals such as that. And he’s all in favour of ending land grabs and educating girls. But he urges us also to remember what happens on the ground. What Noah calls ‘local control and self-sufficiency’.

Mr Patel extols La Via Campesina, the International Peasant’s Movement. He says, ‘National land reform, the realisation of the right to food, and gender equity policies can help end hunger. But governments ought also to imagine how they might take back their food sovereignty from a multilateral system that increasingly denies it.’

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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10 Responses to Food sovereignty: the next big idea

  1. dinasoliman says:

    Wonderful article, thank you for sharing it! I came across this idea of food sovereignty – but worded in a slightly different way – in Joel Salatin’s book “Folks, This Ain’t Normal.” In one of the chapters of his book, he talked about how the average consumer isn’t really in charge of what they want to purchase and consume in terms of food, and that the restrictions and regulations on the food industry are really all about controlling market access. If you haven’t read his book, I highly recommend it!

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