The Commodification of Food, Farming and Farmers: A Critical Review of Farm Laws, 2020

Space and Culture, India

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Title The Commodification of Food, Farming and Farmers: A Critical Review of Farm Laws, 2020
 
Creator Sankar, Vinay
 
Subject Commodification
Commons
Farm Laws
Critical Review
India
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Social Sciences
Social Work
Sociology
Geography
Economics
 
Description The recently enacted Farm Laws in India has led to widespread and vigorous protests across the country. It has been hailed as a watershed moment by the neoliberal market analysts and is compared to the 1991 economic reforms, based on the notions of liberalisation, privatisation, and globalisation. A critical review of these laws and amendments needs to be situated in the larger narrative of commodification, wherein certain essential goods and services are appropriated and standardised and traded at market-determined prices. The present review intends to place these new laws in the broader policies and ‘projects’ of neoliberalisation of nature. A critical look at these laws shows that they have profound implications for social justice and environmental sustainability. It seeks to cross-question the food question and the peasant question by revisiting the ontological questions of what constitutes food and farming. It considers the new debate and the old vision of ‘food as commons’, and find that the new laws are, in fact, a continuation of attempts by neoliberal markets and states to commodify food and farming activities. Nevertheless, such attempts, for various reasons, face active resistance in the form of countermovements by the peasantry and enter the arena of political economy. The review argues that the present peasant resistance should be considered as part of the larger environmental justice movements.
 
Publisher Alliance for Community Capacity Building
 
Date 2020-11-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture/article/view/1117
10.20896/saci.v8i3.1117
 
Source Space and Culture, India; Vol 8 No 3 (2020): Space and Culture, India; 18-26
2052-8396
10.20896/saci.v8i3
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture/article/view/1117/443
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Vinay Sankar
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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