By David Goodman
Farmers’ markets, veggie containers, neighborhood meals, natural items and reasonable alternate items – how have those as soon as novel, "alternative" meals, and the folks and networks assisting them, turn into more and more widespread positive aspects of daily intake? Are the visions of "alternative worlds" equipped on ethics of sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and the cultured values of neighborhood foodstuff cultures and standard crafts nonetheless credible now that those meals crowd grocery store cabinets and different "mainstream" buying shops?
This well timed booklet offers a serious overview of the expansion of other nutrients networks and their fight to protect their moral and aesthetic values opposed to the standardizing pressures of the company mainstream with its "placeless and anonymous" international provide networks. It explores how those replacement routine are "making a distinction" and their attainable position as fears of world weather swap and nutrients lack of confidence accentuate. It assesses the various reports of those networks in 3 significant arenas of nutrition activism and politics: Britain and Western Europe, the USA, and the worldwide reasonable alternate financial system. This comparative point of view runs in the course of the ebook to completely discover the revolutionary erosion of the interface among replacement and mainstream nutrition provisioning. because the period of "cheap nutrients" attracts to a detailed, research of the restrictions of market-based social swap and the way forward for replacement nutrients economies and localist foodstuff politics position this booklet on the state-of-the-art of the sphere.
The e-book is punctiliously knowledgeable by way of modern social conception and interdisciplinary social medical scholarship, formulates an integrative social perform framework to appreciate replacement nutrition production-consumption, and provides a special geographical succeed in in its case studies.
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Extra info for Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice, and Politics
Goodman 2004: 8). How ever, apropos our theme of a reflexive food politics, these formulations of a market-oriented, “economic” localism ignore the inequalities of place politics, not least who gains in the struggles to appropriate and sustain the ﬂows of eco nomic rent arising in the “new economic spaces” created by AFN/SFSC (Ploeg et al. 2000; Marsden et al. 2002; Ploeg and Renting 2000; Renting et al. 2003). This framing of the local as a new site of surplus value generation usefully reminds us of the dynamism of valorization processes.
It is the packaging that conveys this distorted image, pro jecting a view of farming that is the antithesis of the actual production system, the source of what is inside the package. Production-centered theorists, following Marx’s analysis in Capital, see domination and power struggles as arising primarily in the ways capitalists seek to extract surplus value by exploiting labor. ” Consumer choice in a market society is an illusion, as is liberal democracy. The power to shape society comes from control over the means of production, not consumption.
Our real goal is to under stand how to make localism into an effective social movement of resistance to globalization rather than a way for local elites to create protective territories that narrowly serve their own interests. This requires letting go of a local that is fet ishized as intrinsically moral and more just. We have to move away from the idea that food systems become just simply by virtue of making them local and toward a conversation about the work needed to make them more just.
Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice, and Politics by David Goodman