"Food Security" and "Food Sovereignty": What Frameworks Are Best Suited for Social Equity in Food Systems?

  • Megan Carney University of California, Santa Barbara
Keywords: Campus-Community Partnerships, Engaged Research, Food Security, Food Sovereignty, Right To Food

Abstract

This paper contextualizes the discourses of "food security" and "food sovereignty" within the history of the global industrial food system and aims to increase understanding of these different discourses among food activists, and food justice activists in particular. The paper highlights some of the epistemological, methodological, and ethical challenges of defining, measuring, and alleviating food insecurity, using the U.S. as a case study. As suggested in the conclusion, social scientists must continue to engage with activists and through campus-community partnerships to help decipher the trade-offs and implications of employing different discursive frameworks.

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Author Biography

Megan Carney, University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California–Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA; +1-805-729-2452.
Published
2012-02-09
How to Cite
Carney, M. (2012). "Food Security" and "Food Sovereignty": What Frameworks Are Best Suited for Social Equity in Food Systems?. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(2), 71-87. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2012.022.004