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    Food Sovereignty: How it turns the growing corporate global food system upside down

    • Joan P. Mencher
    01 January 2013
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    This article first documents the forces that made necessary the development of the concept of Food Sovereignty and why it remains essential in the present world political economy.

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    Seasonal hunger in coffee communities

    • Margarita Fernandez, V. Ernesto Méndez, Christopher Bacon
    01 January 2013
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    Food sovereignty has recently gained momentum in social movements, farmer cooperatives and NGOs, as a framework that places farmer’s and nature’s rights as central to food and agricultural policy. Food sovereignty’s strength is that it outlines an alternative policy to the contemporary global agro-industrial food system.

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    Food Sovereignty as a Weapon of the Weak?

    • Giuliano Martiniello
    01 January 2013
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    The new paradigm of food sovereignty offers a series of alternatives to the neoliberal development mode. It also offers some answers to the emerging food question by proposing solutions to reduce dependency on purchased food or aid, focusing on territory, community, autonomy, sustainability, ecology and nutrition.

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    Scaling Biopolitics: Enacting Food Sovereignty in Maine (USA)

    • Hilda E. Kurtz in collaboration with Heather Retberg, Bonnie Preston
    01 January 2013
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    In 2011, a group of food and farmer activists in Maine set off a maelstrom of political activity in and around the food sovereignty movement when they drafted and placed on town meeting warrants a Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance. Intended to maintain the viability of small farms in a struggling rural economy, these ordinances exempt direct transactions of farm food from licensure and inspection.

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    The Politics of Property in Industrial Fisheries

    • Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice
    01 January 2013
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    Fisheries systems are widely considered to be ‘in crisis’ in both economic and ecological terms, a considerable concern given their significance to food security, international trade and employment the world over. The most common explanation for the crisis suggests that it is caused by weak and illiberal property regimes.

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    Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and the Challenge of Neoliberalism

    • Alison Hope Alkon
    01 January 2013
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    Alternative food systems have been criticized as neoliberal because they locate social change potential in consumer market behavior, assume functions that were formerly provided by the state, and produce subjectivities consistent with market logics. Food sovereignty, on the other hand, directly challenges neoliberalism by pairing local and regional ecological agriculture with direct challenges to the corporate food regime.

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    The agrarian transition and the ‘feminization’ of agriculture

    • Olivier de Schutter
    01 January 2013
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    Though women play a greater role than ever as food producers. they face obstacles such that they are often relegated to a form of agricultural production that is characterized by its low productivity and that is geared towards own consumption

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    The Debate Over Food Sovereignty in Mexico

    • Guadalupe Rodriguez-Gomez
    01 January 2013
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    In 2007 a popular movement called "Sin maíz no hay país y sin frijol tampoco' emerged in Mexico, in response to the domestic food crisis.

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    With flowers and capsicum in the driver’s seat, food sovereignty is impossible

    • Sejuti Dasgupta
    01 January 2013
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    According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's Global Hunger Index, 2011, India ranks 67th among the 81 countries of the world with poorest food security; and this is when some states in the country have registered very high rates of growth in agriculture.

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    Food Sovereignty, Post-Neoliberalism, Campesino Organizations and the State in Ecuador

    • Patrick Clark
    01 January 2013
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    In Latin America the failure of neoliberal policies, and the popular mobilization of social movements against neoliberalism, led to the election of anti or post-neoliberal governments. This has opened up new political space for rural social movements to push for the institutionalization of food sovereignty in state policy.

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    The Temptation of Nitrogen

    • Birgit Müller
    01 January 2013
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    Food sovereignty is often presented as a panacea. Although the concept has been incorporated into local discourse, in practice it is elusive. It is also inextricably linked with larger global financial and governance structures, energy use and inequality that are extremely difficult to locate and to challenge, especially for local farmers.

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    Farmland Preservation, Agricultural Easements and Land Access in California

    • Zoe Brent
    01 January 2013
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    California is a land of contradictions. It is known as the breadbasket of the nation, but farmland is disappearing with alarming speed. Crop and ranch lands are falling out of production at a rate of one square mile every four days between 1984 and 2008.

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    The Role of US Consumers and Producers in Food Sovereignty

    • Molly D. Anderson
    01 January 2013
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    Given food sovereignty’s origin as a movement by farmers in developing countries, its expansion to other actors in the food system and to other geographic regions is not straightforward. This paper explores how the concept of food sovereignty has been applied to date in the United States.

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    Water Access, Food Sovereignty and Peru’s Water Regime

    • Barbara Deutsch Lynch
    01 January 2013
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    Peru’s water regime is the product of 20 years of negotiations involving the state and non-state actors, the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Bank. The 2009 water law and the institutions which have been designed to implement it are informed by IWRM discourse.

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    Cultivating Food Sovereignty Where There are Few Choices

    • Teresa Mares, Ph.D., Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, Jessie Mazar
    01 January 2013
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    Huertas did not begin as a research project, but rather as a grassroots effort to build gardens with Latino/a migrant farm workers on rural dairies in Vermont using donated materials and time. Over four summers it has grown into a larger, more organized food access project.

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    Food Security in a Sovereign State

    • Max Spoor, Natalia Mamonova, Oane Visser, Alexander Nikulin
    01 January 2013
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    In this paper we argue that Russian discourses on and practices of food sovereignty strongly diverge from the global understanding of this concept. We distinguish two approaches to food and agriculture that are crucial for understanding food sovereignty à la Russe.

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    Capitalism in Green Disguise

    • Charalampos Konstantinidis
    01 January 2013
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    Organic farming is often presented as the success story of Rural Development policies in the European Union, having grown from a marginal activity to covering more than 5% of European agricultural land. Even though organic farming is often thought of as small-scale farming, I show that organic farms in Europe display characteristics associated with capitalist agriculture.

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    The ‘non-economy’ and the Radical Dreams of Food Sovereignty

    • Jim Handy
    01 January 2013
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    This article discusses the radical nature of ideas of food sovereignty through an exploration of the history of peasant dispossession under capitalism.

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    The politics of the emerging agro-industrial complex in Asia’s ‘final frontier’

    • Kevin Woods
    01 January 2013
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    Burma's dramatic turn-around from 'axis of evil' to western darling in the past year has been imagined as Asia's 'final frontier' for global finance institutions, markets and capital.

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    From Food Sovereignty to Peasants’ Rights

    • Priscilla Claeys
    01 January 2013
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    The transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina is known for having successfully mobilized a human rights discourse in its struggle against capitalism and neoliberalism in agricultur.

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