Round table

Health and food are not a business: how do we reverse social inequalities?

October 16th - 17.30 H

On-site with limited capacity

Relationships of power within the agri-food system and their impact on public policies

For over a decade the loss of food sovereignty has been recognised as a key factor in the impoverishment of the people. This basically affects people living in rural environments, but there is an increasing amount of protest in cities, due to a loss of control and decision-making in terms of what we eat every day.

Due to the situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have become even more aware of the
current food system's inability to respond to the general public's needs, especially in sectors of society with pre-existing inequalities.
All of these conditioning factors of poor diet, together with advertising and labelling, generate health problems in an increasingly large proportion of society.

In response to this, alternative initiatives to food banks have arisen in many cities, with a transformative focus on these social inequalities. Likewise, there is a clear need for institutions to include public policies that guarantee access to this human right.

From the perspective provided by food sovereignty, we aim to tackle the capacity and decision-making processes which determine what is produced, where it is produced, how
it is produced and on what scale, as well as how these social inequalities are created.