SWFS - SYNTHESIS - Paradigm change and power in the world food system


  • Matthew Gaudreau University of Waterloo




power, productionism, alternative food systems


The articles by Friedmann, Koç, and Wise draw out overarching issues in the world food system, offering complementary views of the relationship between the dominant model of the world food system and its myriad issues. This contribution uses the concept of transnational policy paradigms to illustrate the key tension between the status quo of food policy and emerging alternatives.

Author Biography

Matthew Gaudreau, University of Waterloo

Matthew Gaudreau is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, where he is a member of the Global Food Politics Group. His dissertation research focuses on the engagement of actors from China in the world food system, particularly as they pertain to the highly concentrated seed and processing sectors. Matthew is a Canada Graduate Scholar, Balsillie Fellow, and has studied at Nanjing University, Peking University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He can be reached through: matthewgaudreau.com




How to Cite

Gaudreau, M. (2015). SWFS - SYNTHESIS - Paradigm change and power in the world food system. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 2(2), 32–38. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v2i2.114