Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and the New Green Revolution

Eric Holt-Giménez and Miguel Altieri | 12.17.2012

In Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 37:1, 90-102

Abstract

In the face of recurrent global food crises, institutions of the corporate food regime propose a new Green Revolution coupled with a continuation of neoliberal economic policies. Because these are causes of the crises to begin with, this approach can worsen rather than end hunger. Building a countermovement depends in part on forging strong strategic alliances between agroecology and food sovereignty. Agroecologists face important choices between reformist and radical versions of agroecology. The former version attempts to co-opt agroecology into the Green Revolution; the latter centers agroecology within a politically transformative peasant movement for food sovereignty.

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KEYWORDS agroecology; food sovereignty; green revolution; neoliberalism; countermovement

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