Food as a Human Right
Combatting Global Hunger and Forging a Path to Food Sovereignty
by William D. Schanbacher
March 2019, 212pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6177-2
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Global hunger continues to threaten many of the world’s populations, and tens of thousands of people around the world, many of them children, die from starvation every day.

This important work addresses the difficult ethical issues surrounding the accessibility of food to all people as a human right, and not a privilege that emerges because of social structure or benefit of geography.

Food sovereignty—the right of peoples to define their own chosen food and agriculture, free of monopolization or threats—is the path to stopping global hunger. This book approaches the topic from a solutions-based perspective, discussing concrete policy providing for sovereignty, or control, of one’s own food sources as a solution that, while controversial, offers more promise than do the actions of international organizations and trade agreements. Providing access to safe, healthy food is an ethical responsibility of the world’s nations, not just a right of the elite or wealthy.

This book presses the need to formulate policies that address the problems of poverty and hunger on a more humane and meaningful level. Organized thematically, chapters are based on such topics as food security, food sovereignty, human rights, and sustainability that focus on the global food system. Specific case studies provide examples of global hunger and poverty issues. Taken in its entirety, the book informs readers of how their food consumption might negatively affect the global poor, while its concluding chapters offer solutions for alleviating problems in the global food system.


  • Provides a better understanding of the global food system and the organizations and institutions that influence this system
  • Offers suggestions on how people can engage their communities and learn more about the foods they eat
  • Informs readers about the conditions under which foods are produced
  • Provides resources on how to help local communities
William D. Schanbacher, PhD, is professor of religious studies at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. He is the author of Praeger's The Politics of Food: The Global Conflict between Food Security and Food Sovereignty and the editor of The Global Food System: Issues and Solutions. His research interests include ethics and the global food system, religion and food, human rights and theories of justice, and liberation theologies. He received his doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in 2009 and an MTS from Duke Divinity School in 2004.

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