The UNFSS does not offer the paradigm shift that is so urgently needed to achieve food sovereignty, climate resilience and a more just food system. On the contrary, it maintains the same power structure as this summit is yet another instrument to reinforce corporate control over food and agriculture, while attempting to restrain civil society’s role in global food governance, directly leading to the further colonization of indigenous foods and diets.
Corporations are using the summit to convince us that their solutions will be ecological enough to keep the current system of interests intact. The system cannot be changed, the logic remains the same, private interests must not be undermined but, on the contrary, must be supported by public funds. Principle examples are the solutions advocated for in Action Track One and Two- where behind the language of the necessity of a shift in global diets, the corporate stakeholders who have hijacked the UNFSS have created a trojan horse for industrial, ultra (ultra)-processed fake foods and a further industrialized food system.
But It is high time to hold corporations responsible for their actions, and to advocate for a genuine transition to an agroecological paradigm which considers biodiversity and cultural diversity, local food economies and regenerating the planet as central to any kind of food systems transformation. In response to this corporate hijacking of global food systems, grassroots organizations from all over the world seeking real, agroecological change, have mobilized a counter-summit to show what real food systems transformation should look like. Read more
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Also read the Press Release from the People’s Autonomous Response to the UN Food Systems Summit: Opening Declaration of the Counter-Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems