Advancing Food Sovereignty through Interrogating the Question: What is Food Sovereignty?


The topic of food sovereignty has received ample attention from philosophers and interdisciplinary scholars, from how to conceptualize the term to how globalization shapes it, and several areas in between. This bounty of research informs us about food sovereignty's practical dimensions, but the theoretical realm still has lessons to teach us, especially how to develop action-based guides to achieve it. This paper is an exploration in that direction. To have that effect, the author interrogates the question, "what is food sovereignty?", through asking about its motivations, scale, and the answers that will inform solutions. This process reveals that, despite the differences between conceptions of food sovereignties, there is a pattern at play that concerns their nature. The benefit of gaining an understanding of this pattern is to uncover the necessary elements that each solution will require.


Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Keywords and Phrases

Philosophy of Food; Strong Food Sovereignty; Weak Food Sovereignty

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1187-7863; 1573-322X

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Oct 2018