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Food Democracy

From consumer to food citizen

  • Explores the interconnections between people, power, politics and food systems

  • Provides information on how individuals, communities and societies can be empowered to access, cook and eat healthy food

  • Takes a hands-on approach to building food democracy using democratic principles at various levels

Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 1-2
  3. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 3-11
  4. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 13-20
  5. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 29-37
  6. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 39-47
  7. Sue Booth, John Coveney
    Pages 49-57

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the links between food and democracy.  It addresses how democratic principles can be used to shape our food system and takes a practical ‘how-to’ approach to using democratic processes to regain control of the food we eat. It also highlights what food democracy looks like on the ground and how individuals, communities and societies can be empowered to access, cook and eat healthy food in ways that are sustainable.

Food democracy, as a concept, is a social movement based on the idea that people can and should be able to actively participate in shaping the food system rather than being passive spectators.  The book is useful for university and advanced TAFE courses that cover topics examining food in health sciences, social sciences and other areas of study. It is also relevant to health practitioners, nutritionists, food advocates, policy makers and others with a keen interest in exploring an alternative to the industrial food system known as “Big Food.”

Keywords

Alternative Food Systems Big Food Community Gardens Food Citizenship Food Democracy Food Ethics Food Policy Food Politics Food Sovereignty Global Industrial Food System Kitchen Literacy Urban Agriculture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Discipline of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Dean, School of Health Sciences, Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Sue Booth has worked in community nutrition, public health, health promotion, research and academic settings for over twenty years in Australia and Canada. Her teaching and research interests include food policy, the sociology of food, qualitative research methods and food poverty. She has written and co-authored a range of materials including nutrition education materials, policy papers, book chapters, articles, reports and peer-reviewed papers.

John Coveney has worked in clinical nutrition, and community and public health in Papua New Guinea, Australia and UK. John has academic interests that span nutrition, public health, social sciences, and the humanities. His teaching and research includes public health nutrition, food policy and health promotion. He has written and co-authored over 120 publications, including books, book chapters, articles and peer-reviewed papers.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Food Democracy
  • Book Subtitle From consumer to food citizen
  • Authors Sue Booth
    John Coveney
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Public Health
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Public Health
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-423-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-287-422-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-287-423-8
  • Series ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-3701
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 57
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
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