Toward Integrated Food Systems Governance: Policy, Justice and Social Movements (Part 1)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom E, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Charles Levkoe, Luke Craven
Chairs: Luke Craven


Social movements focusing on sustainable food systems and the connections with social and ecological justice have made significant headway over the past decades. Beyond developing place-based initiatives, many of these groups have worked to scale-up their activities to address broader policy and play a meaningful role in food systems governance. This focus has been a response to top-down food policy frameworks that take a fragmented approached, treat symptoms rather than structural causes, and tend to overlook on-the-ground realities, needs and priorities of people and communities in favor of broader economic development.
In response, community-based efforts are attempting to focus on public engagement in policy making processes, often emphasizing opportunities for more participatory forms of engagement rooted in systems thinking, which recognizes the interconnections between environmental, social, and economic injustices. And, outside of civil society, there is a growing awareness among policymakers that how, where and what we eat is the result of complex interactions of various factors, actors and social forces, necessitating more joined-up and integrated governance responses. Attempts at participatory and integrated food policy, though, are not without their challenges. They require innovative policy arrangements that cross multiple geographic, scalar and administrative boundaries, raising numerous quandaries about how responsibility is apportioned, priorities are set, and success is measured.
The aims of these sessions are to draw together diverse perspectives, experiences, and empirical research on integrated food policy to explore its pitfalls and possibilities. How have different integrated food policies been designed, implemented and evaluated at different scales? What participatory structures can promote a shared vision for food systems change? What is the role of social movements and civil society groups in food systems governance? What have been some notable successes and what are the challenges? How has social and ecological justice been addressed by these attempts at integrated food policy?
This session is sponsored by the AAG’s Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Charles Levkoe*, Lakehead University, Amanda Wilson, Lakehead University, Policy as Prefiguration: Food Systems Governance and Social Movements in Canada 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Joshua Sbicca*, Colorado State University, Food Justice Policy in a Revanchist Era 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Megan Blake*, University of Sheffield, Waste becoming food: Value questions, uneasy solutions, and policy possibilities in the surplus food system. 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Ana Moragues Faus*, Cardiff University, Critical of food governance: exploring the transformative capacity of food policy councils in Spain and the UK 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Julian Agyeman*, TUFTS UNIVERSITY, Terry Marsden*, Cardiff University, Beyond the glass ceiling: from sustainable lifestyles to sustainable livelihood practices and social innovation. 20 2:00 PM

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