|Overview: Food Sovereignty|
|Definition||The idea that food should be exempt from free trade agreements because local food is essential to the security and culture of a people.|
|Related Concepts||Water SecurityEconomicsGreen Urbanism|
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What is Food Sovereignty?
John Spacey, updated on November 20, 2016
Food sovereignty is the idea that food should be exempt from free trade agreements because local food is essential to the security and culture of a people. Free trade in food tends to lead to monoculture, industrialized food and environmental issues related to transporting food thousands of kilometers from farm to consumer. In many cases, free trade agreements restrict the right of governments to set their own regulations for food such as pesticide limits. Food sovereignty allows governments to set food policies that match the will of their electorate. On the negative side, food sovereignty may boost food prices. It can also harm developing countries that depend on agriculture far more than developed nations as a large component of their economy.
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