by Marion Nestle
Aug 15 2014

Weekend reading: Globalization and Food Sovereignty

Peter Andrée, Jeffrey Ayres, Michael J. Bosia, and Marie-Josée Massicotte.  Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food.  University of Toronto Press, 2014.

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This is a book in a series on political economy and public policy, edited by political science professors in Canada and the United States with deep interests in food movements.  The chapters, by various authors, define food sovereignty as “a central issue that cuts across social, political, economic, cultural, and ecological domains.”  They deal with such matters as fair trade, local food, food security, and other food movements in places such as Cuba, Australia, France, and Brazil.

The editors say:

This volume posits that–given the incrasing attention to the politics of food as local, national, and global–it is important to incorporate these new areanas of political action much more widely into curriculums and scholarship and focus especially the framework and methodologies of political science on the profoundly political issues raised by the food sovereignty response…we seek to develop the study of food politics as a more engaged arena within the social sciences….

I say, yes!



  • This is another $100+ book, isn’t it?

  • And it isn’t, it’s actually affordable. And available as an e-book.

  • With a sociology background and now a food entrepreneur, I can clearly see from within, how the contemporary food movements are capable of changing the existing paradigm. Food politics is a common thread uniting many social sciences disciplines. We live the transformation and we are excited about the potential!

  • It is always interesting to me to read or study about the positive and negative results of what you put into your body. Thank you for recommending these books!

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  • I’m going to focus on Coca Cola, one awful company among others.

    Food Globalization is related to Vision 2050 sustainability (Agenda 21) public-private partnerships (PPP).

    Killer Coke, who now owns stake in Monster Energy, is a member of WBCSD (that’s the corporate part of Agenda 21), and takes advantage so-called free trade laws, uses foreign labor & resources, avoids taxes in the US, benefits farm bill subsidies via their corporate suppliers (Monsanto).

    Coke harms the health of the consumer, it’s society, and the planet. It achieves this harm by by polluting, by drying up aquifers, and by oppressing the unions in the third world countries it operates in.

    Killer Coke products include Vitamin Water, Minute Maid, and more.

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