David Goodman's Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice, and Politics PDF

By David Goodman

ISBN-10: 0415671469

ISBN-13: 9780415671460

Farmers’ markets, veggie bins, neighborhood meals, natural items and reasonable exchange items – how have those as soon as novel, "alternative" meals, and the folk and networks helping them, develop into more and more regular beneficial properties of daily intake? Are the visions of "alternative worlds" equipped on ethics of sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and the classy values of neighborhood nutrition cultures and conventional crafts nonetheless credible now that those meals crowd grocery store cabinets and different "mainstream" purchasing shops?

This well timed e-book presents a severe assessment of the expansion of other meals networks and their fight to shield their moral and aesthetic values opposed to the standardizing pressures of the company mainstream with its "placeless and anonymous" international offer networks. It explores how those replacement activities are "making a distinction" and their attainable function as fears of worldwide weather switch and nutrients lack of confidence accentuate. It assesses different reviews of those networks in 3 significant arenas of foodstuff activism and politics: Britain and Western Europe, the us, and the worldwide reasonable alternate financial system. This comparative standpoint runs during the booklet to completely discover the innovative erosion of the interface among substitute and mainstream nutrition provisioning. because the period of "cheap nutrients" attracts to a detailed, research of the constraints of market-based social switch and the way forward for replacement nutrients economies and localist foodstuff politics position this e-book on the state-of-the-art of the sphere.

The booklet is punctiliously expert through modern social concept and interdisciplinary social clinical scholarship, formulates an integrative social perform framework to appreciate substitute foodstuff production-consumption, and provides a special geographical succeed in in its case studies.

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Think Globally,” in the food pol­itics con­text, means a critique of the industrial food system that begins with a Marxian unveiling of the true nature of food produc­ tion, showing in par­ticu­lar “where your food comes from,” as in the pop­ular docu­mentary, Food, Inc. Food activist discourses then tend to “Act Locally” through the communitarian “coming together” of people in local food networks. Yet, this second part of the equation leads antiglobal food activists away from Marx’s revolu­tionary ideas of rad­ical social restructuring and his vigor­ous rejec­ tion of the market as a vehicle of change, and toward communitarian re-­ localization through consumer support for local farmers – and the utilitarian solution of the market – as the ideal.

Coming home to eat? 19 Instead, we seek to free food reform movements from control by consumers of a par­ticu­lar class and eth­ni­city who have his­tor­ically set the agenda for “saving” the food system. In the fol­low­ing sections, we “depurify” ideas of the local and of trust by re-­admitting pol­itics into an understanding of food re-­ localization as a social movement. This enables us to re­think the local, not as a romantic move toward emancipation but as an “open,” inclusive, and reflexive pol­itics in place.

For the anticor­porat­ists, food is better if you get to see how it is made. Once you know the truth, you will opt to buy your food from a local system of smaller farms. For the communitarians, food is better if you create a personal connection of trust and shared values with the person who produces your food. Either way, local food solves the “justice prob­ lem” as defined from both per­spect­ives. How­ever, as we have already cautioned, the pursuit of local food as justice can lead to key alli­ances with more con­ser­vat­ive groups whose idea of com­mun­ ity integrity may involve the exclusion of par­ticu­lar groups induced, for example, by a “pol­itics of fear” (Davis 1998).

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