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Around the world, people are resisting the environmental, social and political destruction perpetuated by the industrial agricultural system. This resistance has led to a new and radical agricultural practice amongst peasant and farmer organizations: food sovereignty. Food sovereignty aims to provide for the food needs of all people while respecting the principles of environmental sustainability, local empowerment and agrarian citizenship. Concerned not only with local food production but also with fundamental social change, food sovereignty aims to transform the industrial agricultural system. Bringing together internationally recognized experts in the field, this book critically engages contemporary debates concerning food sovereignty while exploring new research directions. This exceptional collection examines the historical rise of the industrial agricultural system, outlines the environmental and social consequences of this system and gives voice to the peasant movements that are planting the seeds of a revolution that could fundamentally alter our relationship with food - and with each other. Book jacket.
Hannah Wittman is an assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Simon Fraser University. Annette Aurlie Desmarais was a cattle and grain farmer for 14 years. She is now associated professor of international studies at the University of Regina. Nettie Wiebe is an organic farmer and professor of ethics at St. Andrew's College, University of Saskatchewan.
Table of Contents
|Editors & Contributors||p. ix|
|The Origins & Potential of Food Sovereignty||p. 1|
|Initiating the Food Sovereignty Concept||p. 2|
|The Scope of Food Sovereignty||p. 4|
|Broadening the Struggle for Food Sovereignty||p. 5|
|Exploring Key Aspects of Food Sovereignty||p. 9|
|Framing Resistance: International Food Regimes & the Roots of Food Sovereignty||p. 15|
|Conceptual Framework: Food Regimes & Neoliberalization||p. 16|
|Frames for the "Free World": The Right to Food & Freedom from Hunger||p. 19|
|Regime Crisis & Reconceptualization: The Emergence of Food Security||p. 21|
|Individual Access, Neoliberal Means: The Transition to Household Food Security||p. 24|
|Counterframe for the Corporate Food Regime: The Food Sovereignty Movement||p. 26|
|The Potential of Food Sovereignty||p. 28|
|Seeing Like a Peasant: Voices from La Vía Campesina||p. 33|
|"Drawing Forth the Force that Slumbered in Peasants' Arms": The Economist, High Agriculture & Selling Capitalism||p. 45|
|A Land without Peasants||p. 46|
|The Mythical Benefits of Enclosure||p. 47|
|"The Superstitious Worship of S's Name"||p. 51|
|"A Business to Be Undertaken by Capitalists"||p. 54|
|From Liberalism to Neoliberalism||p. 58|
|Capitalist Agriculture, the Food Price Crisis & Peasant Resistance||p. 62|
|A Perfect Storm?||p. 63|
|The Agrofuel Factor||p. 64|
|Structural Adjustment & Trade Liberalization||p. 66|
|Eroding the Mexican Countryside||p. 66|
|Creating a Rice Crisis in the Philippines||p. 67|
|Destroying African Agriculture||p. 68|
|Capitalism versus the Peasant||p. 69|
|The Conjuncture||p. 73|
|Agrofuels & Food Sovereignty: Another Agrarian Transition||p. 76|
|Agrofuels Myths||p. 77|
|The Agrofuels Boom||p. 80|
|The Agrofuels Transition||p. 85|
|Food Sovereignty: From Extraction to Redistribution||p. 86|
|Reconnecting Agriculture & the Environment: Food Sovereignty & the Agrarian Basis of Ecological Citizenship||p. 91|
|Technology, Efficiency & the Separation of Nature from Agriculture||p. 91|
|Agrarian Citizenship as an Alternative Agroecological Rationality||p. 94|
|Food Sovereignty: Enacting Agrarian Citizenship||p. 96|
|The Campaign against Green Deserts||p. 97|
|The Seed Sovereignty Campaign||p. 99|
|Food Sovereignty & Redistributive Land Policies: Exploring Linkages, Identifying Challenges||p. 106|
|Land-Based Social Relations, Not "Things"||p. 108|
|Dynamics of Reform||p. 109|
|Struggles around Land Policies & Food Sovereignty||p. 112|
|Struggling for Food Sovereignty in Politically Consolidated Lands||p. 113|
|Scaling Up Agroecological Approaches for Food Sovereignty in Latin America||p. 120|
|Small Farmers are Key||p. 121|
|Enhancing the Productivity of Small-Farm Systems through Agroecology||p. 125|
|Rural Social Movements & Agroecology||p. 128|
|Outlook & Prospects||p. 129|
|Unearthing the Cultural & Material Struggles over Seed in Malawi||p. 134|
|A Brief History of Seeds & Agriculture in Malawi||p. 135|
|Seeds as Multiple Sites of Struggles over Sovereignty||p. 136|
|Social Practices Linking Maize & Groundnut Seed to Food Sovereignty||p. 140|
|Seed Sovereignty: The Promise of Open Source Biology||p. 152|
|The Erosion of Farmers' Seed Sovereignty: The Privatization of Biodiversity||p. 153|
|Resisting Exclusion, Creating Alternatives?||p. 155|
|Open Source Movements: From Software to Wetware||p. 157|
|A BioLinux for Seeds?||p. 160|
|Pursuing Seed Sovereignty||p. 164|
|Food Sovereignty in Movement: Addressing the Triple Crisis||p. 168|
|Food Sovereignty||p. 172|
|Seed Politics||p. 177|
|Energy Security||p. 179|
|What Does Food Sovereignty Look Like?||p. 186|
|The Etymology of "Food Sovereignty"||p. 186|
|Big Tents & Rights Talk||p. 189|
|Hannah Arendt & the Right to Have Rights||p. 191|
|The Trace of Partial University in La Vía Campesina||p. 193|
|The Right to Produce and Access to Land: Food Sovereignty: A Future without Hunger||p. 197|
|Our World is not for Sale: Priority to Peoples' Food Sovereignty||p. 200|
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