Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Food Sovereignty

  • Zenia Kish
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_743

Food Sovereignty encompasses a set of values, rights, policy proposals and social movement organizations that critique global industrial food production and offer alternative approaches from a social and global justice perspective. Food sovereignty is most frequently expressed through emerging political and activist discourses focused on recognizing and advancing a state or peoples’ right to define their own food and agricultural policy across the full chain of food production, from agricultural research and land ownership to the right of consumers to decide what they consume and how and by whom it was produced. As a political concept and framework for action, food sovereignty has undergone successive reinterpretation and expansion since it was first articulated in the mid-1990s. It continues to be defined and applied differently across various state, NGO, and social movement contexts.

Food sovereignty addresses a range of interconnected issues, including land ownership and reform;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zenia Kish
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  1. 1.Department of Social and Cultural AnalysisNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA