A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045
We map out two very different futures for food systems, people and the planet. First, what do the next 25 years have in store under “agribusiness-as-usual”? The keys of the food system are handed over to data platforms, private equity firms, and e-commerce giants, putting the food security of billions at the mercy of high-risk, AI-controlled farming systems, and accelerating environmental breakdown.
But what if the initiative is reclaimed by civil society and social movements - from grassroots organizations to international NGOs, from farmers' and fishers' groups to cooperatives and unions? We imagine what a 'Long Food Movement' could achieve by 2045 if these movements succeed in collaborating more closely – to transform financial flows, governance structures and food systems from the ground up.
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WHAT THEY SAID
Mamadou Goïta (Mali, IRPAD /ROPPA):
“This report is timely and gives hope to millions of readers in understanding the current situation of food systems, in order to be prepared for more sustainable perspectives.”
Jahi Chappell (US, Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network):
“A common critique of activists for positive change is that there is a lack of a long-term plan. Neoliberals, economic historian Philip Mirowski has reminded us, did not bumble into dominance but consciously planned for change at the level of decades. This report not only looks plainly at the dire consequences of the current path set for us by such planners, but advances the vital work of envisioning how civil society can work together for a sustainable, liberatory alternative way forward.”
Jennifer Clapp (Canada, University of Waterloo):
“The Long Food Movement report presents a powerful narrative for the need for long-term planning on the part of civil society to build more just, diverse and resilient food systems. The report lays bare the likely consequences of “agribusiness as usual” over the next quarter century and shows how careful forward planning by civil society can effectively counter the corporate takeover of food systems.”
Laura Trujillo (Mexico, University of Chapingo):
“This report opens up real possibilities for agro-food system changes, especially within the global pandemic context, because it is exposed naked. Who may die because of their health due to food-related conditions? Who's work feeds the world beyond their health, lack access to social security, and the importance of advocacy groups networking. It further exposes food corporations that prevail undercover in those scenarios and offers a challenging way to change it.”
Fabrice DeClerck (Belgium/US, EAT/OneCGIAR):
“Food systems are currently the greatest driver of poor health, and environmental degradation globally. Without action, food systems will be the greatest victims of that change. Without doubt however, food systems, from production to consumption offer the best bet at environmental regeneration, while celebrating and elevating the livelihoods of food workers. This decade must put food back on track.”
Steve Gliessman (US, ex-University of Santa Cruz):
“The vision for the future of food and farming systems presented in this report is clear and urgent. The path forward is equally grounded in agroecological practice and civil society collaboration.”