Land use and land sovereignty for conservation/eco-agriculture: global analysis; Local food systems
Program or topic
Land use and land sovereignty for conservation/eco-agriculture: global analysis
Local food systems (USDA/AFRI grant: ‘Food Dignity’)
Department(s) or unit(s)
Dept. of Development Sociology
- Examining the climate and food security implications of recent global land deals
- Building an undergraduate minor at Cornell focused on local food system sustainability
The land use/sovereignty project investigates whether and to what extent land acquisitions/grabs
for food and energy security represent a transition in the global ‘food regime’ — whereby land
becomes increasingly a speculative asset, with its use driven by market prices for food or biofuels.
Under these circumstances the question of global agriculture’s trajectory (industrial agriculture for
global markets vs small- and medium-scale diverse farming for local markets and climate security)
has significant policy implications regarding biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
Curriculum project concerns establishing a set of core and elective courses across the campus for an
undergraduate minor in food system sustainability studies, including engagement with local community
organizers and activities.
For more information
- McMichael, P. (2012). The land grab and corporate food regime restructuring. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 39(3-4):681-701.
- McMichael, P. (2011). Food system sustainability: questions of environmental governance in the new world (dis)order. Global Environmental Change, 21:804-812.
- McMichael, P. (2011) “Effects of industrial agriculture on climate change and the mitigation potential of small-scale agro-ecological farms,” 14 co-authors, CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 6, No. 020: 1-18.
- McMichael, P. (2009). Contradictions in the global development project: geo-politics, global ecology and the ‘development climate,’ Third World Quarterly, 30:251-266.