Democracy at Work: From consumers to food citizens

Sue Booth, John Coveney

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    This chapter will explore two key areas. Firstly, we complete our examination of food democracy in action (See Chap. 4, Fig. 4.1) and explore how food democracy operates in practice more broadly such as alliances, movements and advocacy structures. Then, we examine the politics of transforming the food supply, reflecting on the nature of democratic citizenship and the practical strategies that foster it. At the individual, household and community level, there is a degree of control consumers can exert, for example by making individual choices about where they buy food. But does food democracy have further potential to exert influence more widely? What are the possibilities for transformative food system action on a bigger scale?

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Public Health
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9789812874238
    ISBN (Print)9789812874221
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameSpringerBriefs in Public Health
    ISSN (Print)2192-3698
    ISSN (Electronic)2192-3701


    • food system
    • bovine spongiform encephalopathy
    • collective efficacy
    • active citizenship
    • food literacy


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