Sustainability and food production represent a major challenge to society, with both consumption and supply sides posing practical and ethical dilemmas. This book shows that food governance issues can occur in many ways and at many points along the food chain. The risks and impacts, particularly with the increasing globalisation of food systems, are often distributed in unequal ways.

It is the role of law to form the pivot around which these issues are addressed in society in the form of food governance mechanisms. The chapters in this book address a range of issues in food governance revolving around questions of justice, fairness, equality and human rights. They identify different issues regarding inequality in access and control over food governance. Some address generic governance and institutional issues across a range of international contexts, while others present case studies, including from Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, UK and West Africa. The book offers directions for reform of the law and legal institutions to mitigate the dangers of inequality and promote greater fairness in food governance.

chapter 1|12 pages


chapter 2|30 pages

Food system governance

A systematic literature review

chapter 3|18 pages

Food sovereignty

Governance and exclusion in an alternative social movement

chapter 4|27 pages

Seed sovereignty and inequality

An analysis of seed systems and their impacts on small-scale farmers

chapter 5|18 pages

Transnational legal processes of the right to food

Lessons learned from Papua, Indonesia

chapter 7|16 pages

Sustaining food production in the Anthropocene

Influences by regulation of crop biotechnology

chapter 8|20 pages

Plant genetic resources interdependence

Reintegrating farmers into the global food system

chapter 9|23 pages

Contaminated land law of China

A possible way to achieve food safety?

chapter 10|20 pages

Life-cycle regulation of food safety in China

A legal perspective