Food Sovereignty. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.
It is a policy framework advocated by farmers, peasants, pastoralists, fisherfolk, Indigenous Peoples, women, rural youth, environmental organisations and other supportive constituencies. It was launched in 1996 by the international peasants' movement La Via Campesina during the FAO World Food Summit in Rome. Since then, food sovereignty has played an increasingly important role in the debate on agriculture and alternatives to neoliberal policies. The food sovereignty movement is continuously growing in the Pan-European region.