Book Launch: Alana Mann – Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift

Thursday 5 June 2014 5.00 - 7.00pm

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John Woolley Building, The University of Sydney


SEI Key Researcher Alana Mann launches her book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift.

“We live in a world where too many people go hungry, too much food is wasted, and too many people eat too much of the wrong foods. Into this maze of contradictions, new ways of understanding the world food system, and agitating for a better one, have recently come to the fore. Alana Mann takes us to the epicentre of these new contests – the food sovereignty movement pioneered by the Latin American peasants’ organisation, La Via Campesina. This is an important book for anyone interested in understanding the failures of the current world food system, and wanting to find pathways towards a better one.” – Bill Pritchard


For over two decades, the peasant farmers of La Via Campesina have been engaged in a fight against injustice, hunger and poverty under the banner of food sovereignty, ‘the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems’. With allies around the world, these small-scale producers campaign for democratic alternatives to an industrial food system controlled by agribusiness companies and the architects of unfair trade agreements. This book draws on grounded case studies of agrarian movements in the Americas and Europe as exemplars of a ‘power shift’, as local opposition scales up to global action in an effort to wrest control of our food away from transnational corporations and back to communities.