A global process that facilitates and legitimizes tighter monopoly control over the world’s food systems by the super rich, their agribusiness interests and elite foundations is taking place. This process is called the Food Systems Summit (FSS) that the UN Secretary General is organizing but which big corporations with vested interests are omnipresent and are calling the shots.
To illustrate, the FSS discussions have been organized around Action Tracks wherein various stakeholders can supposedly foster new actions and partnerships and amplify existing initiatives for food systems transformation.
They cover the issues of ensuring access to safe and nutritious food (Action Track 1); shifting to sustainable consumption patterns (Action Track 2); boosting nature-positive production (Action Track 3); advancing equitable livelihoods (Action Track 4); and building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress (Action Track 5). The FSS website says that these Action Tracks draw on the expertise of different actors who explore how so-called levers of change like human rights, finance and innovation can be tapped to transform the food systems.
But an examination of the leadership of the Action Tracks reveals the firm grip that big corporate interests have over the entire FSS process.
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