The World Food System
with Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi
The world food system is designed to enable you to understand how our food system, with its unparallelled affluence and immense deprivation, came to be, unpacking the key factors shaping contemporary production, distribution, access to and consumption of food, both here and elsewhere. After all, if we want the world to become a better place it seems that a good place to start would be on our plates.

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With 10 supermarkets controlling one-quarter of all of the value created in the world food system, supermarkets shape and structure the operation of the corporate food regime.

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In the last 50 years the human diet has undergone the most profound shift in its history, as meat assumes an ever-greater role.

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The contemporary world food system has been labelled by many observers as the “corporate food regime”. By unpacking the key characteristics of the corporate food regime it is possible to better understand why a food system that is so productive…

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Since 1994 the North American Free Trade Agreement has played a central role in governing the international trade of food and agricultural products between the United States, Mexico and Canada, in ways that have not brought benefits to small- and…

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Since 1995 the Agreement on Agriculture has played a crucial role in organizing the terms and conditions governing the international trade of food and agricultural products.

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Agri-food commodity chains that operate across national borders are regulated by agreements monitored and enforced by the World Trade Organization.

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The world food system witnesses unprecedented flows of food and agricultural products across national frontiers. International food and agricultural trade has been integral to the world food system since the first food regime was established, but has…

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As the second food regime unravelled it set in motion a series of economic changes in the developing countries that laid the basis for the emergence of global agriculture.

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The second food regime set in motion a number of fundamental changes in the global production and consumption of food that reverberate to this day.

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Farm subsidies and food aid were pivotal in establishing the second food regime, which reconfigured food production and diets around the world.

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Author

Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.