Right to Food as found under International and Indian Law

The right to food is an important and hotly debated topic since time immemorial. Food is required for survival of human life, sufficient food of quality is required for living human life with a sense of dignity.  

The right to food is considered to be a fundamental right as per national law of several countries and it is also a recognized right under Art. 25 of the Universal declaration on human rights which covers a plethora of rights including right to food, sanitation, medical attention, proper housing facilities etc, The ICESCR as well as numerous other international statutes. 

This right to food is defined by the ESCR committee as “The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.” 1

Thus for the right to be realised, the following elements must be fulfilled; a) Food must be available to all individuals; b) Sufficient food to meet the dietary requirements for individuals; c) Stability of food procurement; d) proper utilization of food sources 

Thus, International laws concerning food security and right to food concludes that national governments must take required measures that reduce starvation, food insecurity and must protect its citizens from the harsh and evil cycle of constant hunger.

In India, Article. 21, the fundamental right of right to life has been considered to be a right from which the right to education, or any other right without which life becomes non-viable. Thus one can conclude that the right to food flows from the Right to Life.

A plethora of Supreme court judgments have recognized the right to food as a chartered right. The prominent Shanti star builders case noted that the right to life was guaranteed in any civilized society and it would encompass the right to food, clothing and a decent environment to reside in. In another example by the supreme court, the more recent PUCL case provided several imperative points on the lines of food security provisions taken up by the state and the failure of the PDS system at its roots.

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