The Right To Food

Mexico is reforming its constitution to recognize the right to food. The UN said that with this reform Mexico joins a select group of countries whose constitution already includes that right. As an idea, the right to food is so perfect, until one realizes that without legislation to implement it so that the right becomes a reality, the declaration remains an ideal without much impact on the daily life of people. Food prices have been rising in Mexico, as in many other countries, even at times leading to food riots, and according to a recent UN study food prices are slated to rise at least into the next decade. All this does not lessen the importance of the reform to articles 4 and 27 of the Mexican Constitution, but it does let us know that the right to food is more than fine sounding words.