Can food as a commons advance food sovereignty?

Authored by: Eric Holt-Giménez , Ilja van Lammeren

Routledge Handbook Of Food As A Commons

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138062627
eBook ISBN: 9781315161495
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315161495-20

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Abstract

In 1996, La Vía Campesina raised the call for food sovereignty, the right of peoples to determine and control their own food systems. Food sovereignty challenged the concept of ‘food security’ and the privatization of land, seeds and water and advanced an array of environmentally sustainable and socially equitable alternatives to the destructive practices of the corporate food regime. The call became a global movement that today includes several hundred million small and medium food producers and hundreds of thousands of consumers. Food sovereignty is one of the pillars of the global counter-movements to neoliberalism.

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