Food production, consumption and preparation is highly gendered, so taking an intersectional feminist approach is crucial for working towards a just food and climate transition.
The Food Policy Paper, published later in 2023, is part of a Feminist Green New Deal policy paper series and final report which outline key policy recommendations needed to create a green, caring and equal economy.
Here we share our initial briefing policy paper which outlines some recommendations.
A JUST FOOD SYSTEM
A just transition in our food system is critical for both the planet and people. Without a shift to truly sustainable and regenerative patterns of food production, distribution and consumption then we will be unable to meet the existential threat and challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
WOMEN MOST IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
Women, in all their diversity, are the most impacted by climate change, structural inequities, and the violence of an extractive globalised food system. A system that results in hunger, health and social inequalities, and the triple burden of women in society.
Gender and women’s rights and empowerment must be at the centre of an inclusive, green policy convergence built on intersectionality as a framework for analysis and action. A feminist agroecolgical approach that examines the relationship to power, of women, racialised and minoritised groups that result in inequalities, and multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and oppression in our food systems.
Gender responsive and transformative approaches to work, income, and adequate food and nutrition, and rights based and social justice approaches to intersectional inequalities must go alongside those for the reduction in greenhouse emissions from industrial agriculture and food waste, trade, curbing corporate power, agrarian reform, land use and planning, and a transition to agroecology as a whole system approach.
Read the full draft policy paper to see our recommendations.