Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 269–273 | Cite as

Eating Right Here: Moving from Consumer to Food Citizen

2004 Presidential address to the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Hyde Park, New York, June 11, 2004
  • Jennifer L. WilkinsEmail author


The term food citizenship is defined as the practice of engaging in food-related behaviors that support, rather than threaten, the development of a democratic, socially and economically just, and environmentally sustainable food system. Ways to practice food citizenship are described and a role for universities in fostering food citizenship is suggested. Finally, four barriers to food citizenship are identified and described: the current food system, federal food and agriculture policy, local and institutional policies, and the culture of professional nutrition organizations.

Food citizen Food choice Local food systems Policy Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nutritional SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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