Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 319–329 | Cite as

Cooptation or solidarity: food sovereignty in the developed world

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Abstract

This paper builds on previous research about the potential downsides of food sovereignty activism in relatively wealthy societies by developing a three-part taxonomy of harms that may arise in such contexts. These are direct opposition, false equivalence, and diluted goals and methods. While this paper provides reasons to resist complacency about wealthy-world food sovereignty, we are optimistic about the potential for food sovereignty in wealthy societies, and we conclude by describing how wealthy-world food sovereignty can be a location of either transnational solidarity or (at least) nonharmful forms of cooptation.

Keywords

Food ethics Food sovereignty Food justice Solidarity 

Abbreviations

BAWP

Border Agricultural Workers Project

BLM

Black lives matter

FS

Food sovereignty

LPC

La Confédération Paysanne

LVC

La Vía Campesina

MRAs

Men’s Rights activists

NFFC

National Family Farm Coalition

NFU

Canadian National Farmers Union

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank the participants in the 2015 Michigan State University Workshop on Food Justice and the 2017 McGill University Workshop on Food Justice, as well as three anonymous referees, for helpful criticisms and comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of History and PhilosophyEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA

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