War on Want: Take back control of our food system

By War on Want

For the first time in human history, over a billion people have been officially classified as living in hunger. This scandal is not a consequence of poor global harvests or natural disasters. Hunger on this scale is the result of a global economy in which hundreds of millions of small farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and indigenous people have faced ruin through the hijacking of the global food system by large agribusiness and food retailers.

In response, War on Want, in partnership with La Via Campesina and other allies, has published an alternative:  FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: Taking back control of our food system

The dominant model for dealing with the food crisis is to address the ‘food security’ needs of countries and peoples. This model – backed by the UK government and many British NGOs – is based on market solutions to the problems of world hunger, with food treated as just another commodity to be traded on global markets. It is a model based on “free trade” in agricultural commodities, on corporate-owned technology and on greater private sector control of food production and distribution. It is a model that has failed.

This War on Want briefing presents the alternative model of ‘food sovereignty’: an approach to the food crisis that prioritises people’s right to food, agro-ecology and a global food system free of corporate control.

Together with its partner organisations in La Via Campesina and other allies, War on Want is committed to the fight for food sovereignty as the positive alternative to create a world free from hunger.

Full Report:

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: Taking back control of our food system

War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation. We campaign for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.

6 responses to “War on Want: Take back control of our food system

  1. If we want to take back our food system we need to seperate corporate from state…here is what one website has to say about getting our freedoms back…

    America’s founding fathers wisely enshrined the separation of church and state in the Constitution. Eliminating religious control of government created a unique new culture of religious tolerance and individual freedom. The result was a nation that people flocked to, from all around the globe. Those areas of the world in which there is no such
    separation tend to vividly remind us of the wisdom of that principle.

    But our nation’s founders had no way to foresee the rise of the modern international conglomerate that owes allegiance to nothing beyond its own profitability. Lacking that superhuman foresight, they failed to establish the separation of corporation and state.

    The separation of corporation and state is, in fact, simply a more general version of an already-established principle. The separation of church and state establishes the idea that when a powerful social organization becomes intimately involved in the political process, directing its activities and enacting legislation that furthers its interests at the expense of others, the result is harmful to society. The separation of corporation and state is merely an extension of that principle.

    To achieve the separation of corporation and state, the following principles must be established:

    A corporation is not a person. Corporations do not have rights. Individuals have rights. Corporations have privileges granted to them by government, which was formed to act on behalf of the people.

    A corporation’s charter can be revoked. Whenever it is deemed that the corporation is not acting in the public interest, it’s charter can be revoked. Potential bases for such revocation include, but are not limited to, excessive pollution, profiteering, or failing to care for the welfare of its customers, its neighbors, or its employees. Examples: knowingly selling foods that present a long term threat to health, selling tobacco products that have been enhanced to make them more addictive, over-charging the government millions of dollars in time of war.

    Corporations can be taxed individually. In addition to the ultimate sanction of charter revocation, government needs more fine-grained mechanisms to modify corporate behavior. Fines and penalties are one mechanism, but since they tend to be one-time costs, they are of limited value in the long term.
    Corporations improve their profits by failing to be responsible for pollution or the welfare of others. That gives the least responsible corporations an unfair advantage in a competitive marketplace. To redress that balance, government is free to tax an individual corporation to the degree that it burdens society–both with direct costs and with the costs of inspection and enforcement that would be unnecessary if the corporation were acting as a conscientious contributor to the public good.

    Government can then set tax rates to promote the general welfare, lowering the tax rate for particularly conscientious corporations, and raising it for corporations that seek to profit at the expense of the public.

    Corporations cannot contribute to the political process. Corporations wield enormous financial power, and have proven themselves capable of effectively running government–and of doing so in their own interest to the exclusion of others. For that reason, corporations must be barred from the political process. It must no longer be the case that thousands of lobbyists tread the halls of congress. It must no longer be the case that corporate lobbyists write virtually all of the legislation that our representatives vote on. It must no longer be the case that elected representatives owe a greater allegiance to corporate sponsors than to the public they serve

  2. Pingback: War on Want: Take back control of our food system | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

  3. Hmmmmm… before i posted this response, i saw this: 2 Responses to War on Want: Take back control of our food system… yet i only saw Lisa’s post… what’s up with that?

  4. never mind… the pingbacks must count in there. No apologies… just being skeptical as all thinking humans ought to be.

  5. Pingback: Tacking Back Control of Our Food System « Hijacking Humanity-Deturnarea omenirii

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