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





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



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....


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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



How to Cite

McMichael, P., & Porter, C. M. (2018). Going Public with Notes on Close Cousins, Food Sovereignty, and Dignity. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(A), 207–212. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2018.08A.015



Food Dignity Community-led Food Justice Work