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The current industrial system of production, transformation and consumption of food is the major driver of planetary destruction. This system, sustained by the normative valuation of food as a commodity, is pursuing resource enclosures and unsustainable exploitation beyond planetary boundaries to satisfy the profit maximization ethos. Because food is only a commodity, for-profit initiatives are fully justified.
In this lecture, I propose a different value-based narrative, one based on the multiple dimensions of food relevant to human beings, dimensions that cannot be valued in market monetary terms. Food as a commodity just use the treadeable dimension of food. But what about the others (i.e. a human right, and essential resource, a cultural determinant). Therefore, food shall be valued differently, as a multi-dimensional commons with public good dimensions that require a different kind of governance and allocation mechanisms othern than the market.
If we need to change drastically the global food system in crisis, we need to start by having a different narrative and different food values. Here is a first approach to that.