Food Sovereignty, Health Sovereignty, and Self-Organized Community Viability

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 15 (2/3):134-146 (2014)
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Food Sovereignty is a vibrant discourse in academic and activist circles, yet despite the many shared characteristics between issues surrounding food and public health, the two are often analysed in separate frameworks and the insights from Food Sovereignty are not sufficiently brought to bear on the problems in the public health discourse. In this paper, I will introduce the concept of 'self-organised community viability' as a way to link food and health, and to argue that what I call the 'Health Security' paradigm requires a 'Health Sovereignty' response modelled on Food Sovereignty.

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Ian Werkheiser
University Of Texas Rio Grande VAlley


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