Human Right to Adequate Food

A contemporary definition for the human right to adequate food is found in General Comment 12 on the Right to Adequate Food issued by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, 1999):

The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, have physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.… The core content of the right to adequate food implies the availability of food in a quantity and quality sufficient to satisfy the dietary needs of individuals, free from adverse substances, and acceptable within a given culture [and] the accessibility of such food in ways that are sustainable and that do not interfere with the ...

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