REPORT: A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045.

REPORT: A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045.

IPES-Food & ETC Group, 2021. A Long Food Movement:Transforming Food Systems by 2045.  176 pp. 

The IPES-Food and Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration have issued a joint report warning of a “corporate tidal wave” threatening food security and the environment. Handing over systems and supply chains to bio-digital firms and data platforms could run the risk of turning resources and food supplies into “strategic assets” controlled by a few corporations.

Section 1.A new ab-normal: Pandemics, planetary boundaries, and food systems under unprecedented threats  
Section 2. Civil society as food system changemakers: the four basic ingredients of a ‘Long Food Movement’ 
Ingredient #1. Collaborating across multiple scales 
Ingredient #2. Broadening alliances and restructuring relationships 

Ingredient #3. Connecting long-range commitment to wide-range horizon scanning 

Ingredient #4. Being ready for change and disruption 
Section 3. Looking ahead to 2045: Agribusiness as usual? (Scenario 1) 
Setting the scene: technological trajectories, corporate consolidation, and the arrival of new biodigital agri-food giants 

  • TREND #1: Precision-engineered ecosystems and the internet of farming things 
  • TREND #2: Logistics corridors, resource conflicts, and the new data geopolitics 
  • TREND #3: Hyper-nudging, personalized diets, and new frontiers in shaping the eating experience 
  • Conclusions: cracks and contradictions in an agribusiness-led future 

Section 4. Looking Ahead to 2045: Civil Society As Unusual (Scenario 2) 

Pathway 1. Rooting food systems in diversity, agroecology and human rights 
  • Opportunity #1. Building resilience through diversity and agroecology 
  • Opportunity #2. Defending human rights, nature rights, and renewing the contract between state and society 
  • Opportunity #3. Accelerating shifts towards territorial supply chains and ethical consumerism 

Pathway 2. Transforming governance structures 
  • Opportunity # 4. Reviewing, reforming, and reconfiguring the UN’s agri-food agencies 
  • Opportunity #5. Cracking down on corporate impunity and techno-fixes 
  • Opportunity #6. Toward an international undertaking on food emergencies 

  • Opportunity #7. Building food policies, food policy councils, and new forms of citizen
Pathway 3. Shifting financial flows 
  • Opportunity #8. Redirecting R&D and technical budget lines to sustainable food systems 
  • Opportunity #9. Reforming major commodity subsidies 

  • Opportunity #10. Levying junk food and taxing corporations fairly 
Pathway 4. Rethinking the modalities of CSO collaboration 
  • Opportunity #11. Making cross-sectoral collaboration the norm 
  • Opportunity #12. Developing new tools to block corporate commodity chains and hack closed-door negotiations 
  • Opportunity #13: Building new partnerships to finance a quarter century of food system transformation 
Conclusions: short steps to a Long Food Movement?

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