SOCIETY STUDIES
RIGHTS SOCIOECONOMICS POLITICS OF FOOD
GENDER
POVERTY AND AID
POLITICAL ECOLOGY
GEOPOLITICS

Politics of Food
The rise in global food prices that peaked in mid-2008 has put rising food insecurity back on the international political agenda. According to recent estimates, the number of undernourished people in the world is currently over 1 billion. Food politics is the political aspects of the production, control, regulation, inspection, distribution and consumption of food. The politics can be affected by the ethical, cultural, medical and environmental disputes concerning proper farming, agricultural and retailing methods and regulations. Food has become central to the precarious economy, it has become a form of social control in which conceptual and methodological approaches to understanding its security, nutrition, availability and accountability have left most people detached from what they consume. Further information on this topic can be found under Food and Agriculture within the area of Human Geography. There are some parallel themes of interest, however, in Interdisciplinary Societal Studies we focus solely on the political aspects and route cause-and-effect.

Case Study: The United States
The United States is of particular interest due to its overwhelming power and multinational conglomerate influence on this subject matter. The politics of the global food system is put into play via policies, structures, power relations and political debates surrounding the production, distribution and consumption of food. Key American theoretical frameworks and concepts of understanding the dominant paradigms and dynamics of the food system integrate sociology and politics of food and agriculture, food policy, the political economy and the political ecology of food. This is detailed by examining (1) food technology which looks at the farming of animals and their levels of intensity, genetically modified foods and its consummate safety, pesticide use, conglomerate food manufacturing and processing, biofuels versus food supply and domestic food aid; (2) food security which is comprised of domestic production and self-sufficiency, commercial food imports and international food aid; and (3) food management which in turn affects retailing, hunger rates and regulatory control. The precautionary principle is the baseline of the European Union and Centre's research; we continue to draw upon findings, the United States Food and Drug Administration has been compromised and has not properly looked out for the public interest of its citizens. In effect, via American hegemony, its influences have a wash on affect throughout many other parts of the world.

AVERAGE WEIGHT OF THE AMERICAN MALE
 
TOP TEN FOOD CONGLOMERATES
 
REVOLVING DOOR OF EMPLOYEES: MONSANTO AND FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
 
AMERICAN AVERAGE ANNUAL FOOD EXPENDITURE AS A FUNCTION OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME, 2009

TEN FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES EXPENDITURE ON ADVERTISING, IN SURPLUS OF $6.9 BILLION, 2012
 

PRICE OF THE FAST FOOD INDUSTRY TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, 2013
 

AVERAGE NUMBER OF FAST FOOD ADS WATCHED BY AMERICAN CHILDREN PER YEAR
 

BIG SUGAR CONSUMER COUNTRIES, 2015

SUSTAINABILITY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY ENVIRONMENT
INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETAL STUDIES
     SOCIETY STUDIES
     RIGHTS
     SOCIOECONOMICS
     POLITICS OF FOOD
     GENDER
     POVERTY AND AID
     POLITICAL ECOLOGY
     GEOPOLITICS
INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION




FOOD PRICE INDEX AND CORRELATING CORN ETHANOL PRODUCTION





COUNTRIES THAT COMMITTED TO THE RIGHT TO FOOD BY RATIFYING THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS