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Food Sovereignty: Power, Gender, and the Right to Food
- Understanding hunger and malnutrition requires an examination of what systems and institutions hold power over food.
- The concept of “food security” captures the notion of hunger not as a deficit of calories, but as a violation of a broader set of social, economic, and physical conditions.
- Gender is key to food insecurity and malnourishment, because women and girls are disproportionately disempowered through current processes and politics of food's production, consumption, and distribution.
- La Via Campesina has advocated for food sovereignty, through which communities have the right to define their own food and agriculture policy. Women's rights are central elements to food sovereignty.
- The role of the food industry demands attention within the food system, where power is concentrated in the hands of a few corporations.
[Part of PLoS Medicine series on Big Food; Patel RC (2012) Food Sovereignty: Power, Gender, and the Right to Food. PLoS Med 9(6): e1001223. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001223]
Published on: May 19th 2013
by BC Food Security Gateway
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