Do you know the difference between the Food Justice and Food Sovereignty?
Food Justice: Links to Social and Environmental Justice activism. Food Sovereignty: land and political reform. Who owns and controls the land (gender, immigration, racialised social inequality), reclaim food system production from corporations. The term “food justice” adds radical sisters from the “food sovereignty” of the world to a discourse aimed at distinguishing between industrial food systems and more equitable and ecologically viable alternatives. I read the paper that written by Cadieux and Slocum in 2015. I know that ‘it is important for scholars and practitioners to be clear on how food justice differs from other efforts to seek an equitable food system’. The paper said we should clearly know the meaning of food justice.
Food justice is reflected in four areas,including trauma / inequality, exchange, land and labor. There are different agricultural food systems in different parts of the world. Therefore, in the course of the study, there is no absolute fairness, because in the beginning of the starting point is not the same, it should produce the corresponding standard and use different methods to analyze it. As many have argued, the process of transformation in the U.S. and food movements elsewhere is best served by working from an analysis of structural inequality, sharing power, and identifying the conditions that enable and inhibit the translation of food justice ideals into action.
In my view, food justice is a very important part of ensuring food safety. Genuine justice generally includes producers, consumers, businesses, judicial inspection agencies. From the beginning of production to the last by human consumption, every link can not go wrong. Maintain food justice from the basic start. The increase in natural disasters and pests in recent years has led to a decline in crop yields. Some farmers in order to improve crop yields and the abuse of pesticide pesticides, resulting in a large number of pesticide residues in crops which was eaten by humans would cause a serious threat to human health.
In the production process, some people in order to obtain higher benefits, the abuse of food additives, which led to global food safety problems in recent years. For example, in Europe, the sale of Nestle baby food may contain a large number of toxic elements, such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, uranium. Baby eat rice cereal twice a day, such as food, arsenic inhalation of breast-feeding alone than 50 times higher, 150 times higher cadmium, lead 8 times higher. South Korea’s quality inspection departments informed that 45 kinds of sampling in the South Korean market dairy products were found in trace formaldehyde. As the daily dairy’s “Golden Masterpieces” baby milk powder is also exported to the country, and for the Korean original import, triggering consumer concern. The United States often have beef end ecoli Escherichia coli contamination warning, BSE caused food hygiene problems have been great debate.
In recent years, China’s food insecurity incidents, including Sudan red duck eggs, malachite green shrimp, melamine milk powder and milk, formaldehyde toffee, with flowers cucumber, explosion watermelon, waste oil, pepper, ink paraffin sweet potato powder, Fake beef and so on. One of the biggest impact is the melamine incident, in September 2008, due to consumption of infant milk powder Sanlu suffering from kidney stones accumulated up to 54,440 children. The main reason for this incident is to increase the protein content, adding a large number of melamine in milk powder. Melamine, also known as protein clear, added to the milk can improve the protein content of cattle love. High protein content of milk rich taste,it is more vulnerable to consumers. It can be seen from this that both the producer and the government’s supervisory authority have a major responsibility. Manufacturers face the temptation of money when all the interests of the supremacy, regardless of human health abuse of additives. And from this we could see the government’s monitoring system is not perfect, the Food Inspection Bureau did not detect the milk contains large amounts of melamine.
The government should improve laws and regulations. Strengthen the source of pollution of food governance, starting from the production of raw materials. Improve the existing management system, in addition to regulatory authorities need to launch the whole society to participate. Improve food safety testing and control technology. Finally, and most importantly, strengthen the moral and cultural construction, improve human food awareness of justice, the formation of a faithful and real society.it is responsible for everyone to Maintain food justice, which is to maintain food safety.
Food justice is “changing the existing food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequalities” (Gottlieb and Joshi, 2010: ix). Food sovereignty is “the right of the people and the government to choose food production and consumption patterns in order to respect our livelihoods and to support this option” (LaVia Campesina 2009: 57). Both advocate better control of food production and consumption by marginalized people in the mainstream agri-food system. The goal of strengthening controls is often to reduce reliance on capital-intensive inputs, to pay more attention to social and environmental contexts and to create supply networks that contribute to the well-being of the population rather than just extract value. In principle, both control and consumption standards seek to undermine exploitative social and economic hierarchies, emphasizing equitable access to “good” food. Equity in decision-making processes and resource allocation is a key requirement.
If food justice is just an empty slogan, it is difficult to create a transformative food movement. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a socially food system,