chapter  7
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Conclusion

WithAlana Mann

La Vía Campesina is just one tile in the rich mosaic of social movements mobilising against the corporate food regime through approaches that combine the systemic and the local. Each of these movements are unique but, as argued in this final chapter, they are united by a desire to reclaim voice as they are all contesting a neo-liberal food system that seeks to systematically disable voices. But a reclaiming of voice alone is not sufficient for movements to build a new public sphere and food system that is truly based on principles of food justice, food sovereignty, agroecology and democracy. To achieve this, voices must also be recognised and respected, for there is no evidence that voice has been heard and had an impact without recognition. New communication technologies can help in this fight, but they can also be a hindrance because they can lead to larger narrative frames subsuming smaller stories, stripping them of legitimacy and power. This chapter concludes by highlighting the shameful paucity of voice of First Nations people in discussions about food sovereignty and food justice in Australia. These subjugated knowledges are often wrongly judged to be naive and inferior, but their reactivation through voice is, it is argued, essential to challenge the conventional food system in Australia.