GLOBAL VIEWS OF LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS: Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice


  • Rami Zurayk American University of Beirut



Access to Land, Arab Spring, Arab World, Food Security, Middle East


First paragraph:

Anyone needing an indication of how much the Arab World has changed in the past year has only to tune in to one of the popular satellite TV music channels. There, young artist Ramy Essam's hit song "Bread, Freedom and Social Justice" is beamed several times a day to the four corners of the Arab world. The song was released last year, in the wake of the Egyptian uprising that brought down a regime that punished talk about freedom and social justice with imprisonment and torture. It takes its title from one of the most popular slogans chanted during the 2011 protests, which came after bread riots had shaken Egypt and many surrounding Arab countries in the wake of the 2008 food crisis. In that sense, the song adequately summarizes the main demands of the Arab people. Food security is at the top of that list....


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Author Biography

Rami Zurayk, American University of Beirut

Rami Zurayk is professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He studied at the American University of Beirut and at Oxford University, UK. His research addresses issues at the nexus of food, landscapes, and livelihoods. He is an active member of Lebanese civil society and a founder of Slow Food Beirut.
Rami Zurayk



How to Cite

Zurayk, R. (2012). GLOBAL VIEWS OF LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS: Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(2), 7–10.

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