food systems

The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission Report

The Lancet Report_ 27 January 2019

Author/s (editor/s):

The Lancet Commission on Obesity
Sharon Friel

Publication year:

2019

Publication type:

Report

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The Lancet Report_ 27 January 2019

The Report of the Lancet Commission on Obesity demonstrates that the pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change represent the paramount challenge for humans, the environment and our planet. As we describe below, these interacting pandemics represent The Global Syndemic with common, underlying drivers in the food, transport, urban design, and land use systems. Strong and concerted efforts are required by multiple actors to implement double-duty and triple-duty actions to address the systems that drive The Global Syndemic. These synergistic actions will be essential to achieve planetary health, which we define as the health and wellbeing of humans and the natural environments we depend on.

Food sovereignty and the International Peasants’ Movement

Farmer's market

Author/s (editor/s):

Dr Emma Larking

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Journal article

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Mobilising for food sovereignty: the pitfalls of international human rights strategies and an exploration of alternatives

This article considers the role played by the language of human rights in a global campaign for food sovereignty. Led initially by the international peasants’ movement, Vía Campesina, the campaign opposes the globalisation of agricultural markets and neoliberal interventions in food production. Alongside other strategies, the campaign makes creative use of human rights and also seeks their institutionalisation in a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants. An examination of how the campaign employs human rights reveals a more complicated process than that suggested by the theoretical polarisation of ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ accounts of rights development in the sociology of human rights. It demonstrates both wariness of state power and attempts to harness the power of the state against international forces. It also shows that a desire for legal reform co-exists with the struggle for more radical social and political transformations.

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