There is a variety of functions that may be ascribed to food, and its production. Is food a human right? A commodity? Or rather an environmental asset? The institutional context around food issues is characterised by fundamentally different discourses on food, which impacts decision-making processes, policy outcomes, and eventual action imperatives. The same dynamic revolves around concepts such as food security, food safety, or food sovereignty. Although the meaning of these terms may seem clear and unequivocal at first sight, they are subject to diverse underlying frames, and, sometimes conflicting, claims. This panel welcomes all papers that assess the impact of these claims on the governance of food, including food security, food safety, and food sovereignty. We want to analyse how ideational and discursive processes affect both scientific and socio-political food-related debates.