Building social muscle to transform food systems

Think piece series Food for Thought No.2
12 April 2018
Paper

Using local public policy to create social change: what does history tell us?

This report provides insights from the European local public policy landscape by bringing together some current examples of innovative policy making. These initiatives are largely a response to the failures of the corporate controlled food system, which generates inequality and ecological degradation. Food sovereignty is a lens for understanding how these diverse initiatives can work towards broad based system change.

What becomes clear is that to cultivate the intersecting sovereignties that provide the foundation for food sovereignty, many more people than farmers are needed. Despite many challenges, engagement with local public institutions represents fertile ground for sowing sovereignties.