Why the Food Movement is Unstoppable

Published on Tuesday, Sept 20th 2016 by Independent Science News,
“Why the Food Movement is Unstoppable” was written by By Jonathan Latham, PhD.

Synopsis: The food movement is increasingly a powerful force all over the globe. This article identifies the key social and political components that define it and distinguish it from other social movements. These features include a low barrier to entry and broad social inclusiveness as well as synergisms between previously disparate strands of social thought, such as animal welfare and environmentalism. This unification of ideas—and the coherence of the food movement in general—is explained as the result of its adoption of a radical philosophy that rejects the major principles of ‘enlightenment’ thought. This rejection sets the scene for a major clash of ideas with governments and commerce.

The essence of this philosophy is that the food movement conceives the proper relations between organisms (including among humans) as being synergistic rather than adversarial and as being largely mediated through food (i.e. chemical energy). Importantly, it is no coincidence that a philosophy which rejects divisiveness, violence, and oppression (and in fact rejects all ideology) originates from the grassroots. The food movement therefore conceptualizes our ecological and social and climate crises as all aspects of a larger piece and from this follow solutions that are rational and coherent. Since neither governments nor the traditional alternatives are seen as having much apparently to offer, this now places the food movement in pole position. Its rapid progress and some impressive victories are thus early evidence of how opposition to the status quo is coalescing around food…..

To read the full Independent Science News article go to: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/why-the-food-movement-is-unstoppable/

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