Going Public with Notes on Close Cousins, Food Sovereignty, and Dignity

Keywords: Food Sovereignty, Land Grabbing, Food Dignity, Global Trade, Smallholders

Abstract

Introduction:

In fall 2009, I taught a graduate course at Cornell University in the sociology of food and ecology. My students and I were fortunate to have food systems sociologist Harriet Friedmann participating in our seminar meetings while she was on sabbatical at Cornell. Twenty years earlier, Harriet and I had published a paper that sketched a framework char­acterizing political-economic epochs in global agri­culture since 1870. We named these epochs “food regimes” (Friedmann & McMichael, 1989). Christine Porter was a student in that course. She claims it helped her put enough academic and activist pieces of the food system puzzle together to pro­pose what later became Food Dignity—a five-year action and research project about food security, sustainability, and sovereignty involving four higher education institutions and five community-based organiza­tions doing food justice work in the U.S....

Author Biographies

Philip McMichael, Cornell University

Professor, Department of Development Sociology

Christine M. Porter, University of Wyoming

Associate Professor and Wyoming Excellence Chair of Community and Public Health; Food Dignity Principal Investigator; Division of Kinesiology & Health, College of Health Sciences

Published
2018-07-18
Section
Food Dignity Community-led Food Justice Work

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