Change.org announces that after overseeing Blog Action Day for the past two years, it’s handing the reins over to VOICE, an organization incubated at Oxfam and supported by ONE.org, Save the Children, WaterAid, the UN Foundation and others.
Since Blog Action Day 2011 (October 16) coincides with World Food Day, the topic this year will be FOOD.
Nourish Life interviews Raj Patel
What is “food sovereignty”? How does it relate to “food security”?
What does it mean to be free from hunger? Food security is the idea that governments use to talk about citizens not being hungry, and it means that you have access to enough food to live healthily. Sounds like a good definition, except for when you realize that it’s possible to be food secure, say, in prison. You’ve got access, after all, so you’re not going hungry. But food security never talks about power in the food system—just your access to food. Food sovereignty is like food security, except that under food sovereignty, communities actually get to shape their own food policy and shape the terms under which everyone gets to eat.