What have lawyers got to do with Food Justice? And how do you get lawyers to interact with others tacking food insecurity and hunger. These were some of the issues a range of academics were discussing at a Symposium at Leeds University’s Law School in March 2019 . Here you can hear some of the contributors explain they mean by Food Justice, where the law matters and the many challenges facing our food system.
After Prof Fiona Smith introduces the work, Megan Blake discusses the various meanings of Food Justice and the assets people themselves have. Next, Frank Garcia looks at food and trade law, the fairness of trade agreements, economic coercion and power imbalances rather than consensual exchange, and reflects on implications for the UK outside the EU and the idea of contributive justice. Michael Cardwell briefly explains the WTO and its now dated Agreement on Agriculture before Tim Lang puts food justice in a wider perspective of approaches to food (see slide below), the bigger picture, climate change challenge and the role of law. Finally Tomaso Ferrando discusses the right to food, food banks and the development of a Common Food Policy in Europe instead of a Common Agricultural Policy.