Abstract: The 2011 Nyeleni Europe Forum set up the conditions for the establishment of a wide European movement for food sovereignty that aims at a thorough redefinition of food and agriculture systems towards more sustainable and socially responsible policies and practices. Three pillars were identified as outcomes of the Forum, meant to ‘resist’, ‘build’ and ‘transform’ the current food system as follows:
‣Working towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just model of food production and consumption based on non-industrial smallholder farming, processing and alternative distribution
‣Decentralizing the food distribution system and shortening the chain between producers and consumers
‣Improving working and social conditions, particularly in the field of food and agriculture
‣Democratizing decision-making on the use of the Commons and heritage (land, water, air, traditional knowledge, seeds and livestock)
‣Ensuring that public policies at all levels guarantee the vitality of rural areas, fair prices for food producers and safe, GMO-free food for all.
Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.