Workshop Presenter Spotlight: Food Justice and Food Security in South Korea
Anders Riel Müller’s academic work is focused on the dynamics of the global food crisis, land grabbing and development ideologies. He is a PhD Candidate in International Development Studies at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University and the Danish Institute for International Studies. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental, Technological and Socio-economic planning from Roskilde University in Denmark.
“Korea is today the fifth-largest importer of food in the world. Since the 2007 world food crisis, the Korean government has supported Korean companies to go overseas for farming, while Korean family farmers have struggled to survive. Current and future free trade agreements (FTAs) are estimated to cost the Korean farmers trillions of KRW in lost revenue. Some farmer movements are now advocating food sovereignty as a new radical new model for achieving food security in contrast to overseas agricultural development, labeled by many observers as neo-colonialism.”
The purpose of the workshop is to have people reflect on the food we eat. How is it produced, by whom is it produced, where is it produced and under what conditions?
“I hope participants will reflect on why we eat the food we eat. Eating food is a political act that has significant implications for all of us in terms of health, environment, economy and social relations.”