Global Movements for Food Justice

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This chapter is from the Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society edited by Ronald Herring. This article examines La Vía Campesina (LVC), or the International Peasant Farmers' movement. The LVC, founded by farm leaders in 1993, is currently made up of 148 peasant organizations in sixty-nine countries. LVC claims to represent the interests of at least 200 million farmers and has been touted as the largest and one of the most important social movements in the world. The article describes the LVC's fight for normatively defensible values-for a food system reflecting ideals of ethics and justice-and its quest to develop defensible lifespaces for small farmers in terms of socioeconomic, ecological, and political autonomy. It also examines how their aims and tactics align with current scholarship on the issues of sustainability and autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society
EditorsRonald J. Herring
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780195397772
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Food movements
  • Food system
  • Ethics
  • Justice
  • Defensible lifespaces
  • La Vía Campesina
  • International Peasant Farmers’ movement
  • Sustainability
  • Autonomy

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    Chappell, M. J. (2013). Global Movements for Food Justice. In R. J. Herring (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society (pp. 717-738). Oxford: Oxford University Press.