Food Democracy

From consumer to food citizen

  • Sue Booth
  • John Coveney

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 1-2
  3. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 3-11
  4. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 13-20
  5. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 29-37
  6. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 39-47
  7. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 49-57

About this book


This book explores the links between food and democracy.  It addresses how democratic principles can be used to shape our food system and takes a practical ‘how-to’ approach to using democratic processes to regain control of the food we eat. It also highlights what food democracy looks like on the ground and how individuals, communities and societies can be empowered to access, cook and eat healthy food in ways that are sustainable.

Food democracy, as a concept, is a social movement based on the idea that people can and should be able to actively participate in shaping the food system rather than being passive spectators.  The book is useful for university and advanced TAFE courses that cover topics examining food in health sciences, social sciences and other areas of study. It is also relevant to health practitioners, nutritionists, food advocates, policy makers and others with a keen interest in exploring an alternative to the industrial food system known as “Big Food.”


Alternative Food Systems Big Food Community Gardens Food Citizenship Food Democracy Food Ethics Food Policy Food Politics Food Sovereignty Global Industrial Food System Kitchen Literacy Urban Agriculture

Authors and affiliations

  • Sue Booth
    • 1
  • John Coveney
    • 2
  1. 1.Discipline of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Dean, School of Health Sciences, Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-422-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-423-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-3701
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