chapter  6
Foucault's evaluation of the UN call for human rights in global food governance
ByJonathan Liljeblad
Pages 21

This chapter identifies the dominant trends in global food governance, with the major paradigms comprising approaches that focus on state-centric international institutions, privatized free-market approaches, or public private stakeholder arrangements. It demonstrates a compatibility between the two in terms of human rights addressing an area neglected by trends in global food governance, but it does not show whether human rights is capable of sufficiently resolving the area of neglect. Foucault provides insights that identify not only why the status of individual human beings in the power inequalities in global food governance is problematic, but also highlight how such inequalities can be rectified so as to improve their status and hence better advance their interests. This chapter critiqued the UNHCHR's call for human rights using the theories of Michel Foucault to assert that human rights are insufficient to address the issues used to justify their inclusion in global food governance.