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Food Security

Food Security

Food Security

Food Security

The politics and culture of food are often expressed in terms of food security and food sovereignty. These two terms are often used interchangeably, even though they mean different things. Erika Allen of Chicago’s Growing Power explains that food security considers whether a person knows where his or her next meal is coming from, while food sovereignty defends a community’s right to decide how they are fed.

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Yes, words can change the world. Here, we need to add more to the definition of Food Sovereignty, (and perhaps to Food Security as well). Food Sovereignty isn't just about local and regional control and consumer side rights. There's also a "farm sovereignty" component implied in it. Globally, 80% of the "undernourished" are rural, farmers and others dependent upon a rural economy. What they need is to be paid fairly, ("Pay the World" to "Feed the World"). Partly that requires supply reductions to prevent oversupply and cheap prices. Agribusiness grain buyers call for "Feed the World," meaning overproduction and cheap prices for them, for the world's farmers to subsidize us all. La Via Campesina (in the US, National Family Farm Coalition,) calls for macro market management of price and supply (Price Floors backed up by Supply Reductions as needed to balance supply and demand, and Price Ceilings backed up by Reserve Supplies, for rare times of high prices). So "choices you make as a" citizen "can be felt half way around the world." Most of La Via Campesina can't vote here. It's up to us to restory Price Floor Programs, with NFFC's Food from Family Farms Act (which ends the need for farm subsidies). Mere "subsidy reforms" are really zero Price Floor programs, like having no minimum wage at all. They're secretly pro-agribusiness. These are crucial issues of our farm lexicon.

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