Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Food Democracy

Food Democracy

What happens when we view people as citizens rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right? Food democracy. 

"Food democracy" may sound lofty, but it's a very practical idea that's gaining momentum in communities across the country and around the world. Simply put, food democracy emphasizes fulfillment of the human right to safe, nutritious food that's been justly produced. It means ordinary people getting together to establish rules that encourage safeguarding the soil, water and ecosystems that, in the end, we all depend on.

It's also pragmatic politics built on the lesson that our food system is too important to leave to market forces, and that we all have a right — and responsibility — to participate in decisions that determine our access to safe, nutritious food.

Our Focus

Millions of barrels of pesticides are traded in the global marketplace, recirculating as residue on food and fiber.

Over the last half a century, democracy has been squeezed out of food production.

Hunger in an age of plenty isn't a problem of production, efficiency or even distribution. It's a matter of priorities.

GroundTruth Blog: News and happenings from the frontlines of the movement for fair food & farming.

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Here they go again. Congress is once again considering “fast track” approval of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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We close Food Week with a shout out in celebration of the millions of food workers around the world upon whose hard work the food system depends — from picking to packing, serving to selling.

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Today is World Food Day and around the world communities are taking a stand against hunger.