A Rights-Based Approach to Food Security
Chapter 2: A human rights-based approach to regulating food systemsfor food security
This chapter maps the two contested framings of how best to regulate agriculture to address food system issues that underlie debates in the area of global food system governance. These frames are necessarily broad and only provide a general guide to differing perspectives on how best to regulate food systems. This chapter then moves beyond the contestations that underpin the formulation of food and agricultural regulation to examine the meta-norms put forward as goals and guiding principles of food systems, namely food security and the right to food. It explores how these two seemingly similar norms were divergently established, and increasingly overlap conceptually and through laws and policies. To operationalise these overlaps, and draw on the useful attributes of the two key norms, this chapter posits a human rights-based approach to regulating food systems for food security. The chapter concludes by establishing components that should be reflected in the international regulatory framework for agriculture, if this first and fundamental food system activity is being regulated in ways that contribute to food security and the human right to food.
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