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Food Movement Glossary

Food Sovereignty


Communities achieve food sovereignty when they democratically control what they eat, how it is raised and by whom, and how profits in the food system are distributed. The guiding principle behind food sovereignty is the belief that each person has a right to adequately nutritious food and the resources necessary to be able to feed oneself with dignity and in culturally appropriate ways.

Example of Food Sovereignty:

The idea of food sovereignty deeply rooted its values in the concept of community integrity, where it believes that every member of the community deserves to have a supply of quality food which in return promotes a healthy community.
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