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Food Systems towards 100 % Integral Ecology

"Food systems can indeed be an important player in implementing a new development paradigm based on the integral ecology approach promoted by Pope Francis" ( Statement by H.E. Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Holy See, 21.04.2021).

FOOD FOR ALL, A MORAL CALL - Pope Francis (UN Food Systems Summit)

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRE-SUMMIT ON THE “FOOD SYSTEM SUMMIT 2021
The cry of the Earth

This pandemic, he adds, “has confronted us with the systemic injustices that undermine our unity as a human family,” while the poorest and the Earth itself "cries out for the damage we inflict on it through irresponsible use and abuse of the goods God has placed in it."

The Pope notes that while new technologies are developed in order to increase “the planet's capacity to bear fruit,” we continue to “exploit nature to the point of sterilisation, thus expanding not only external deserts but also internal spiritual deserts.“
POPE FRANCIS-FOOD SYSTEM SUMMIT 2021.pdf
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Healing the Planet by Ensuring the Right to Food for All
The global food ‘system’ is broken and Covid-19 has revealed and strained this system even further. The food crisis has many facets but at its core are structural inequalities that are disproportionately impacting the poor and most vulnerable. Reimagining the global food system requires an integral approach that interlinks economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors. It must address both immediate hunger and malnutrition, and longer-term structural issues.
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We know that things can change (Pope Francis Laudato Si')

"Industrial food systems, global supply chains and increasing corporate control of food governance are responsible for the inextricably interconnected and existential threats faced by our populations and planet, including the climate crisis, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, land and ocean degradation, air and water pollution, hunger, marginalization, and countless human rights violations. 

 

The only just and sustainable way forward is to immediately halt and transform corporate, globalized food systems. In this 25th year anniversary of food sovereignty, we reaffirm our unity and commitment to push for radically transformative strategies which recognize peoples’ needs, accord dignity, respect nature, put people above profits, resist corporate capture, and work collectively towards a fair and decent food system for all (People's Autonomous Response to the UN Food Systems Summit)".

DECLARATION Global People Summit on Food Systems
End corporate monopoly control! Fight for People’s Rights to Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems!
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Declaration-People's Autonomous Response to the UN Food Systems Summit
Corporate food systems, and the increasing influence of corporate actors in political decision-making on food and nutrition at the local, national, regional and global levels, pose a universe of threats and harm to human rights and the rights of workers, women, peasants, indigenous peoples, fisherfolk, pastoralists, migrants, consumers and the urban poor.
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UN Food Systems Summit 2021: Dismantling Democracy and Resetting Corporate Control of Food Systems
This article analyzes the development and organization of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), which is being convened by UN Secretary General António Guterres in late 2021. Although few people will dispute that global food systems need transformation, it has become clear that the Summit is instead an effort by a powerful alliance of multinational corporations, philanthropies, and export-oriented countries to subvert multilateral institutions of food governance and capture the global narrative of “food systems transformation.
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Jeffrey Sachs' speech at the U.N. Food Systems Pre-Summit

Book: Transformation of our food systems, 2021
The new book "Transformation of our food systems – the making of a paradigm shift" takes stock of what has been achieved through and since the IAASTD report. It compiles essays summarizing a range of highly regarded international scientific and political reports that have been published after IAASTD. Together with topical papers from former IAASTD authors they are highlighting what has been achieved and what still needs to be done.
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"Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both. Providing a growing global population with healthy diets from sustainable food systems is an immediate challenge. Although global food production of calories has kept pace with population growth, more than 820 million people have insufficient food and many more consume low-quality diets that cause micronutrient deficiencies and contribute to a substantial rise in the incidence of diet-related obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than does unsafe sex, and alcohol, drug, and tobacco use combined. Because much of the world's population is inadequately nourished and many environmental systems and processes are pushed beyond safe boundaries by food production, a global transformation of the food system is urgently needed."(Source: Lancet Commission 2019) 

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