Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Sovereignty and Agribusiness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_525



“Food sovereignty” refers to a set of interconnected efforts to protect peasant farmers from harms associated with agricultural trade liberalization. This entry discusses the development of the idea of food sovereignty and outlines some of food sovereignty’s component commitments. It also raises and responds to a set of critical questions about food sovereignty’s role in food justice discourse.

Food Security Versus Food Sovereignty

There is an international consensus that everyone in the world has a human right to food. For example, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 identifies a right to adequate food. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) echoed this claim in 1976. The human right to food is a rallying point for international aid and development organizations that aim to guarantee “food security.” At the United...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA