Our food is a commodity, the ingredients of which we often have as little insight into as the social and ecological conditions under which it is produced. Biodiversity, productive soils, and water resources are growing scarce. Corporate power exerts increasing pressure on small-scale agricultural producers. In the Global South, they are deprived of their land and control over seeds. Farm workers are exploited in global supply chains and exposed to toxic pesticides on a daily basis.
When we take the numerous global crises and dysfunctionality of contemporary agricultural and food systems into account, it becomes clear that a real transformation of these systems is urgently needed. They must be changed into local and people-centred food systems independent of corporate control.
In this dossier, we gather reports on the working and living realities of farm workers and small-scale food producers and their common struggles with social movements around the world against corporate-dominated agricultural and food systems. A real transformation of the agricultural and food systems is urgently necessary and possible!