globalized agriculture: the model is to end, Olivier de Schutter

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Extract (conclusion) in an interview published today in the world, read here about the right to food worldwide. By Olivier de Schutter (successor Jean Ziegler).

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I believed in the omnipotence of the state, I now believe in the omnipotence of democracy. I no longer think that flaw passively wait for gouverments act for themselves. The blockages are too many; the pressures on them, too real; and actors impeding change, too powerful.

I think the food processing systems will operate from local initiatives. Everywhere I go in the world, I see people who are tired of being seen as consumers or voters and want to be real agents of change by trying to invent ways more responsible production and consumption.

The final message that I give to governments is the need to democratize the food systems. This means they must admit that they do not hold all the answers and to be given a large place to the citizens in decision making. I now believe more to a transition imposed by the bottom-up initiatives that by regulations imposed from above.


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