, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 305-307
Date: 13 Jan 2012

H. Wittman, A. Desmarais, and N. Wiebe (eds.): Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community

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To move beyond the simplicity of measuring agricultural production and short-term economic evaluation of agricultural success, and even beyond the narrow albeit important impacts on the environment of current farming systems, it is essential to examine the social and political dimensions of today’s dominant global food systems. It comes as no surprise to read about large inequities in the current system, and serious challenges of overconsumption and related obesity alongside a centuries-old problem of widespread undernutrition in many parts of the world. In the book Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature & Community, Hanna Wittman, co-editors, and chapter authors lead us on a journey through the issues that contribute to current complexity of global production and trade in food. They make the compelling argument that “food sufficiency,” or production of enough food to nourish everyone on the planet, does not reduce inequities nor assure that people have control over their local fo ...