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Women and the Human Right to Food: Examining Rights-based Approaches to the Gendered Cost of Food in the U.S.


In this paper, I discuss how food insecurity has been politicized most recently in the United States and abroad through a framework of human rights and argue that the development of a global-industrial food system has systematically marginalized those who have been most instrumental in ensuring food security. I further explore how a discourse of gender equality has paralleled discourse on the human right to food. Finally, I draw on findings from a study of gendered repercussions of a global-industrial food system and relate these findings to the food sovereignty movement.

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