Food is at the heart of the key challenge facing humanity – creating sustainable, healthy ways in which everyone can have sufficient sustenance, in diverse communities that peacefully cooperate with each other.
Choices about how we feed ourselves this century are also choices about what kind of future we humans want, in the face of unprecedented challenges from climate change. Read more about these issues on this site.
When common land accessible by the people was taken into private hands in England from the 16th century it began a period known as the enclosures. Today, through an expanding use of patents and other forms of 'intellectual property', a new set of enclosures globally is occurring rapidly of different kinds of commons such as in knowledge and genetics. Read more
Putting ethical concerns at the heart of decision-making on food and farming is the key aim of the Food Ethics Council. I've been a council member since 2000, and a trustee/director since 2003. Read more
The first video and podcast talks are now available on what will become a 'virtual academy' on transforming our food systems. Click on the links to watch The Food System - an overview; Seeds of contention, control or diversity? Global rules, intellectual property and the future control of food; The crucial century, 1945-2045: Transforming food systems in a global context and, Food and thriving people in the 21st century. Listen to Food regimes and their transformation and From food regimes to food sheds - the case of Southern Ontario. Read more about the process and the other contributions here and sign up to a newsletter about developments here.
'Food is a Key to Avoiding World War III' is the working title for my next book. In this, I am exploring further ideas I talked about in the summer of 2011 at various places in Canada and at the Canadian Association on Food Studies (CAFS) Conference and the Agriculture Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) conference in Montana, USA. Read more
At the heart of the choices we face are the questions of what is land for and of how to farm it. Read more
Along with the air we breathe, food & drink are the parts of the environment we put into our bodies every day. What we consume affects our health (although these relationships are complex). Read more
‘Save in situations of natural disasters or civil strife, the right to food is not the right to be fed; it is the right to feed oneself in dignity’ says Olivier De Schutter, the second UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Read more
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I have worked on different aspects of the food system and development issues since the mid 1970s. Read more
Check out the audio interviews with people I meet in the course of my research and use on my blog here.
Read my article 'Food and thriving people: Paradigm shifts for fair and sustainable food systems' and my 'Food and the economy of fairness', and Sustainable intensficaton - miracle or mirage? pages on the Global Food Security blog of the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.