Lanka Elvira Horstink
Food politics and the democratic quality of decision-making in food governance
José Luís Garcia (ICS, ULisboa)
Modern food production highlights the main paradoxes humanity faces: while more food than ever is produced, more people than ever suffer from some form of malnutrition and rural populations are the poorest in the world. Also, agriculture is potentially as damaging to ecosystems and human health, as it is part of the solution for major ecological problems. My PhD research analyses the democratic and ecological quality of modern food governance to improve understanding of the leveraging factors for menaningful participatory governance.