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PORTILHO, Fátima; CASTANEDA, Marcelo  and  CASTRO, Inês Rugani Ribeiro de. Food in the contemporary context: consumption, political action and sustainability. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.1, pp. 99-106. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000100014.

The interdisciplinary field of reflections on food as politics goes through a process of expansion and overflow to the private sphere, and routine daily food consumption. This process seems to be a reflection of transformations in the global agrifood markets, the wide publicity and awareness of food hazards and the politicization of consumption. To the extent that individuals are to assume responsibility for the environmental and social consequences of their everyday choices, the specificity of political power in contemporary societies goes beyond the institutional level (food security and nutrition, social inequalities in access to food, agricultural policies and regulations advertising of food) to meet the private sphere. This paper shows, initially, some of the recent debates about the process of politicization of consumption and then explores a theoretical reflection on the ethical, political and ideological habits that relate to food consumption, including the locations and ways of acquiring and food preparation, the values of environmental preservation, solidarity with local producers and reflexive caution against food risks. Finally, points to a research agenda capable of capturing the processes of politicization of food and consumer practices in the field of political power.

Keywords : Food consumption; Political action; Sustentability; Risks; Politicization of consumption.

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