Agrotoxic in Brazil: agroecological farmers market as a way of fighting agribusiness’ power over our health

Author: Luana de Melo Lucena, FLF M.Res. student In this post I want to consider a problem of the food system that is of utmost importance. It is the Agrotoxic in Brazil. Since 2008, Brazil is the largest consumer of pesticides in the world. The quantities thrown on the plantations are equivalent to about 5.2 liters of poison per inhabitant per year. Yet Brazil represents … Continue reading Agrotoxic in Brazil: agroecological farmers market as a way of fighting agribusiness’ power over our health

Paper Review: Brilmayer and Moon’s chapter on “Regulating Land Grabs: Third Party States, Social Activism and International Law”

Land grabbing and other actors: an inherent feature of transnational production Author: Giulia Caddeo This blog engages with Brilmayer and Moon’s chapter on “Regulating Land Grabs: Third Party States, Social Activism and International Law” in order to discuss a striking and remarkable fact of the world of today: the transnational grabbing of land for agricultural purposes. The authors deal with this issue in a manner … Continue reading Paper Review: Brilmayer and Moon’s chapter on “Regulating Land Grabs: Third Party States, Social Activism and International Law”

RtF Series: Towards the right to food in Belgium

Author: Manuel Eggen, FIAN Belgium Editor’s note: this is the second of a series of blogs on the right to food that we are glad to host on our webpage. Tomaso Ferrando (scientific coordinator of the FLF master) and Jose Luis Vivero Pol (faculty member) have been gathering the contributions and we all look forward to receiving more in the future. Despite Belgium having ratified … Continue reading RtF Series: Towards the right to food in Belgium

VIDEO: Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol

00:10 – How and why did you realise that you would dedicate your life to food? 2:48 – Hunger is politics. What is the most pressing issue, both for public authorities and individuals? 7:03 – How do you view your role as a researcher? 9:24 – What do you think about Public-Private Partnerships? Can corporations be drivers of political change? Continue reading VIDEO: Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol

Book review: N. Lambek, P. Claeys, et al. (eds.),”Rethinking Global Food Systems, Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law”

The following article review will be based on the book Rethinking Global Food Systems, Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law. Nowadays, it is more important than ever to understand what is hidden behind our meals. Food is not simply something that allows us to exist. It is inseparably connected to a set of interrelated issues, such as history, culture, traditions, rights, environment, economics, law … Continue reading Book review: N. Lambek, P. Claeys, et al. (eds.),”Rethinking Global Food Systems, Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law”

Food Governance Module – Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Nora McKeon

The course started off by recalling some key features of how food provisioning was governed in a few ‘pre-modern’ and/or non-Western societies and reviewing the history of global food governance through two lenses: first, its institutional process and, second, the food regime analysis, that looks at the evolution of food governance with particular reference to the way world capitalism has organized world agricultures in function … Continue reading Food Governance Module – Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Nora McKeon

Video + Article – RECLAIM CONTROL: THE REVIVAL OF THE COMMONS AND FOOD DEMOCRACY

On January 26th, 2017 the inauguration of the new Master of Research in Food Law and Finance of the International University College of Turin (IUC) filled the tremendously beautiful Circolo dei Lettori, located in an old Palazzo of the 18th century. The attendance was such that people had to stand to be able to hear the speeches of Olivier De Schutter (former UN Special Rapporteur … Continue reading Video + Article – RECLAIM CONTROL: THE REVIVAL OF THE COMMONS AND FOOD DEMOCRACY