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Food is a basic human right. And the right to food is different than the right to charity.

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Food is a basic human right. And the right to food is different than the right to charity.

The theme for the UVM Food Systems Summit in June, which was hosted by the University of Vermont and Vermont Law School was, The Right to Food: Power, Policy & Politics in the 21st Century. The topic was explored from the angles of the biophysical constraints, to feeding the world’s population, to the geopolitical context of the global food system and the implications of behavior and culture. But the clearest description for me, of where we are now and how we got here, came from keynote speaker Raj Patel  “Cheap workers need cheap care, need cheap food, need cheap fuel, need cheap nature.”  And when industry is asked to solve the problem, they often respond by “putting vitamins in it.” Seriously: Coca Cola Light Plus--soda pop with vitamins.

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