Food justice and food sovereignty are common threads which bind much of our advocacy and campaign work together, motivated by our belief that nutritious, sustainably produced and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right, and that those who provide it should be entitled to dignified livelihoods.
We currently rely on a food system which is overwhelmingly dominated by large corporations. This production-oriented model persists under a market-driven approach which prioritises large-scale distribution and profit at the expense of nutritional value, fair distribution and provision of living wages for producers; while simultaneously distancing consumers from their food, where it comes from, and how it is produced.
In order to address these issues and heal the disconnect between consumers and their food, we must approach food production and provision as one holistic system; an approach which is central to the notion of ‘food justice’.
We therefore advocate for government policy to be guided by the six principles of food sovereignty: that food is produced for people (not profit), that food systems are localised, that control is centred locally, that food providers are valued, that skills and knowledge are valued and developed, and that food production works with nature and not against it. In 2021 we advised Henry Dimbleby and his team on the National Food Strategy, and will continue to inform the White Paper team on the importance of promoting agroecology and food sovereignty in the forthcoming Food Bill.
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