ABSTRACT

This chapter addresses what food sovereignty and it uses an imaginary of food to ground and motivate the movement. It looks at how and how well food sovereignty translates into contexts other than those in which the discourse first emerged. The chapter argues that food sovereignty can be a global social movement, but the successful translation of food sovereignty into the contexts of communities in wealthy countries. The ways in which food is co-constituted with community identity is relatively clear when communities must work to actively preserve their food practices, such as in the case of kosher practices for observant Jews. Food sovereignty's argument that addressing food insecurity requires fixing deeper problems in society, and also for the argument that food is a good frame within which to work toward radical change. Social imaginary surrounding food is a product of the communities and people initially engaged in food sovereignty rural subsistence farmers and therefore not translatable to a global movement.