Global Food, Global Justice

September 3, 2014 - September 6, 2014
Glasgow University

United Kingdom

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European Consortium for Political Research

 8th General Conference University of Glasgow 3th - 6th September 2014  

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Global Food, Global Justice

Panel Chair: Mary C. Rawlinson (Stony Brook University)

Section: The Political Theory of Food & Drink Policies

Section Chairs: Emanuela Ceva (University of Pavia), Matteo Bonotti (Queen's University Belfast)

Obesity is a well-recognized public health problem in High Income Countries. Health care interventions frequently focus on personal responsibility, while discounting the way individual agency is shaped by a culture of possibilities.  Health strategies and policies addressing obesity rarely focus on the complicity of the state and agribusiness in constraining choice or on the the strong link between obesity and lower socio-economic status. What policies in HICs would alter the culture of possibilities to promote healthy eating? How might the current infrastructures for the production, distribution, and consumption of food be reconfigured to insure a more just access to healthy food?

As demand for soda and processed food declines in HICs, global food corporations are targeting Low and Middle Income Countries as new markets.  The introduction of global food correlates with spiking rates of obesity-related diseases, the displacement and disempowerment of indigenous farmers, environmental degradation, and loss of biodiversity. Trade agreements frequently reflect the interests of agribusiness and processed food companies. What policies, strategies, and regulatory capacities are needed in LMICs to address these risks?  Given the incursions of global agribusiness, how can these communities preserve their integrity and insure justice for local farmers and other agents in the local food economy?

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