26 March 2021
Power relations remain largely unchanged in this scenario, and civil society – also stuck in 'business-as-usual’ mode – is able to challenge the agenda and prevent the worst excesses, but not fundamentally change the course. Over the 2020s, advances in digitalization, automation, synthetic biology, and molecular technologies promise to take the risks – and the people – out of food systems. [...] Translated into the real world, this could mean the mass abandonment of 300 million farms, the forced migration of well over 1 billion people, the dismantling of diversified food webs that sustain 70% of the world’s population, and surrendering the food security of billions of people to untested technologies managed by for-profit companies with no serious skin in the game. [...] These successes (recapped and unpacked in Section 2) range from anti-GMO campaigns to the No trendline embedding of the Right to Food in intergovernmental negotiations; projections from rising trendlines for organic, fair trade, and vegetarian diets – in any sector – to the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants get humanity (UNDROP),3 and the reform and revival of the UN Committ. [...] Notable examples include: the farmer-led establishment of the International Institute for Agriculture (1908) leading to the FAO (1945); the establishment of the UNCTAD Common Fund for Commodities (1976) and the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (1983); the influencing of landmark summits and processes, such as the FAO Freedom from Hunger Campaign (1960–1990s), the UN Wor. [...] The right to food – which overlaps considerably with the first principle of food sovereignty – emphasises those most vulnerable to hunger as rights holders, and the responsibility of the state to ensure people’s access to healthy food and/or the resources necessary to produce their own food.