Building food sovereignty in the United States: An analysis of food movement approaches to challenging power inequities in the food system Public Deposited

The dominant food system is characterized by widespread social, environmental, economic, and political inequities perpetuated by dominant actors who retain the majority of power and control in the agrifood system. A patchwork of food movements attempts to alter the course of this unsustainable and inequitable system but may remain largely unsuccessful without engaging with broader calls to challenge the underlying structures that uphold them. As the radical approach of food sovereignty becomes increasingly common in the United States, it provides a framework for food movements to align their diverse approaches. This thesis examines how scholars and activists in the U.S. are engaging with food sovereignty in order to identify opportunities for progressive food movements to further engage through the movement’s key goals and strategies for restoring democratic control of the food system.

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