Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Citizenship

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_585



Food citizenship refers to individuals and their relationship to the food system insofar as they are members of a larger, political community. As food citizens, individuals are said to possess certain rights and have certain responsibilities in regard to food and the food system. Many of the scholarly treatments of food citizenship are inspired by the notion that has been recently put forth in environmental studies of “environmental” or “ecological citizenship,” where the individual citizen takes it upon themselves to act in environmentally responsible ways (Bell 2005; Dobson 2006; Latta 2007; Seyfang 2006). These discussions of food and environmental citizenship have themselves followed in the wake of renewed interest in the idea of citizenship in ethical and political theory proper (Cohen 1999; Kymlicka 2002; Kymlicka and Norman 1994). These theoretical analyses of citizenship generally...

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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMarist CollegePoughkeepsieUSA