Voices of Transition

On the 17th of January, to coincide with the UN Year of Family Farming and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (17. – 26.1214), French-German filmmaker and sociologist Nils Aguliar released his award-winning film, Voices of Transition, on DVD. The documentary highlights pioneering examples from France, England and Cuba which show that we can feed the world: by re-localising agriculture and freeing it from dependence on fossil fuels. The international DVD (with subtitles in 15 languages) will be released on the 21st of March. For more information and to be informed about the international DVD release, please go the Voices of Transition website. Please click here to see the trailer of the film, in English, German and French

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Food as a commons: reframing the narrative of the food system

Abstract In this working paper by Jose Luis Vivero*, the very nature of food as a pure private good is contested and subsequently reversed in order to provide a sound foundation for the transition towards sustainable food systems.The proposal is a re-conceptualisation of food as a common good, a necessary narrative for the redesign of the dominating agro-industrial food system that merely sees food as a tradable commodity. This aspirational transition shall lead us to a more sustainable, fairer and farmer-centred food system.

The idea of the commons is applied to food, deconstructing food as a pure private good and reconstructing it as an impure commons that can be better produced and distributed by a hybrid tri-centric governance system compounded by market rules, public regulations and collective actions.

1. A brief explanatory text can be found in the UN University website
2. The powerpoint on the tricentric mode of governance can be found here

 

* PhD research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain,

Contributor Universite Catholique de Louvain
Year Published 2013
Link http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2255447

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