The right to food sovereignty
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The right to food sovereignty book
Vía Campesina leader Paul Nicholson, from the farmer organization EHNE in the Basque country in Spain, recalls: ‘When the concept came out, it was intuitive and uncontrollable; it came out of a small group, which today is the whole world.’1 The genealogy of food sovereigny is the subject of intense debates. The term appears to have emerged in the discourse of peasant organizations in Mesoamerica in the mid-1980s, in response to drastic structural adjustment programmes, the vanishing of state support for agriculture and the arrival of US food imports. The food sovereignty rhetoric was used by the Mexican government in its 1983 National Food Program (Edelman 2014, 4-5), and its initial meaning probably designated something like national food security. Increasingly, however, peasants used it to claim their ‘right to continue being producers’ (Edelman 1999, 102-3).