Enseignant(e) Chercheur(e) MCF
ESPOL, Université Catholique de Lille
Gouvernement et gouvernance
New Perspectives on Food Democracy. Special issue of Politics and Governance
In recent decades, power and control over food has become highly concentrated. Large, profit-oriented multinationals make critical decisions about how food is produced, traded and marketed. While some consider this a prerequisite for global food security, others see it at the expense of people's livelihoods, justice and sustainability. This latter perspective has given rise to alternative visions of the food system, such as ‘food democracy’.
Food democracy is a multi-faceted political concept that critically points to the limited opportunities for consumers, citizens and civil society to participate in the food system. It envisions food as a place of democratic process: as a reference point for articulating people’s interests, as a driving force for social movements to fight for access to affordable and healthy food; as a reminder of the role of the state in promoting public goods and public interest, etc. The promise of food democracy goes beyond securing food supply and emphasises values such as participation, autonomy, justice and sustainability. Beyond the democratisation of food systems, food democracy is concerned with the problematisation and transformation of established views and practices of democratic governance per se.
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