July 23, 2021

Hijacking food systems: technofix takeover at the FSS

The wrong kind of Food Systems Summit
Communique cover showing artist's interpretation of digital agriculture
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Our latest communiqué looks at how the Food Systems Summit (FSS) planned for the fall of 2021 is not about changing food systems, but about spinning a story that props up and expands the industrial food chain at the expense of other food systems. The FSS’s proponents argue that the “food system” is broken, that population growth and climate change mean that we will not be able to feed everyone, and that only new technological developments can save us. But this is a story that has been carefully constructed by those who stand to profit from it – it is intended to enable the expansion of the corporate-controlled industrial form of food production.

  • The underlying purpose of this summit is to establish parameters, the path that governments will choose to prioritise, promote and finance in the future – and what and who they will reject.

  • The narrative of a broken food system is only relevant to the 30 percent of the global population fed by the industrial food chain and obscures the sustainable peasant farmers and smallholders that feed 70 percent of the world’s population.

A genuine summit would challenge the industrial food system’s impact on food, health, climate and biodiversity and have, at its very core and foundation, the interests and meaningful participation of the peasants, smallholders, pastoralists, fishers, Indigenous peoples and urban gardeners that feed the overwhelming majority of the planet’s population. Its outcomes should be integrated into and help shape the deliberations of the UN’s Committee on Food Security, which is already tasked with addressing the concerns the FSS purports to resolve, and has well-established mechanisms concerning the participation of rights-holders and their rights to self-organise.

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