Food Sovereignty and Autonomous Local Systems


Short food chains not only create a sense of community and of “living together” by building trust and social bonds, they also generate jobs and strengthen local economies. Yet despite these social and economic benefits, local food systems are threatened by transnational corporations gaining monopoly control over different links of the food chain and the modernist development agenda that encourages jobs in sectors other than food production. In this article, Michel Pimbert makes the case for the food sovereignty movement, a movement that emerged as a reaction to these two threats and aims to relocalize and regenerate autonomous food systems—with, for, and by citizens.