Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability

Cultivating Food Justice Race Class and Sustainability Documents how racial and social inequalities are built into our food system and how communities are creating environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives Popularized by such best sellin

  • Title: Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability
  • Author: Alison Hope Alkon Julian Agyeman
  • ISBN: 9780262516327
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • Documents how racial and social inequalities are built into our food system, and how communities are creating environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives.Popularized by such best selling authors as Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Eric Schlosser, a growing food movement urges us to support sustainable agriculture by eating fresh food produced on localDocuments how racial and social inequalities are built into our food system, and how communities are creating environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives.Popularized by such best selling authors as Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Eric Schlosser, a growing food movement urges us to support sustainable agriculture by eating fresh food produced on local family farms But many low income neighborhoods and communities of color have been systematically deprived of access to healthy and sustainable food These communities have been actively prevented from producing their own food and often live in food deserts where fast food is common than fresh food Cultivating Food Justice describes their efforts to envision and create environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives to the food system.Bringing together insights from studies of environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, critical race theory, and food studies, Cultivating Food Justice highlights the ways race and class inequalities permeate the food system, from production to distribution to consumption The studies offered in the book explore a range of important issues, including agricultural and land use policies that systematically disadvantage Native American, African American, Latino a, and Asian American farmers and farmworkers access problems in both urban and rural areas efforts to create sustainable local food systems in low income communities of color and future directions for the food justice movement These diverse accounts of the relationships among food, environmentalism, justice, race, and identity will help guide efforts to achieve a just and sustainable agriculture.

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    1. A fantastic book that discusses the intersectionalities of the growing food movement and matters of social justice. The popular food movement tends to ignore people of color and those of lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Not everyone can afford to buy local, and oftentimes people in power whitewash spaces where folks can purchase organic, more healthful foods. Bringing together academics who specialize in food consumption and cultural studies as well as food activists, Cultivating Food Justice co [...]

    2. A collection of essays written by food scholars, food activists and cultural studies authors complied into a book that truly critiques the 'slow food movement', 'food justice' and the discourses surrounding these movements. Discourses such as race, class and the language used in the food movement.Powerfully written, thought provoking and brings a well-rounded critique to the table of not accepting the food movement at face value, but looking at the food movement and how in many ways it perpetuat [...]

    3. Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainabilityis the perfect anthology to pair with Anupama Joshi and Robert Gottlieb’sFood Justice . This collection of case studies (mostly from anthropologists and sociologists) deepens our understanding of the ways that racial and class privileges are articulated in the local food movement.The anthology’s opening essay, “A Continuing Legacy,” addresses settler colonialism directly. Kari Mari Norgaard, Ron Reed, and Carolina Van Hornin examin [...]

    4. Read a bunch of chapters for a food systems class, some better than others. Guthman is always fun-- surprise! alternative food movements are coded white. Also, the chapters on the livelihoods of black farmers and Karuk Indians are both really helpful for understanding the importance of land, food, and environment in racial projects.

    5. Collective Roots November Book Club. The chapter that stuck with me the most was about racism in zoning/development in Oakland. It was amazing how explicit it all was. No one even needed to hide the reasons that neighborhoods' ratings were downgraded. They just out and said it was because of Asian and African American residents.

    6. Worthwhile as a collection that critiques and extends popular notions of the food movement including the work of the ever-present Michael Pollan. Not much to offer in the way of real solutions (which is unsurprising, but depressing) and unconscionably drybut that's why Pollan is widely read and academic work tends not to be.

    7. One of the best intersectional perspectives on the food justice movement, acknowledging that race and class are often left out of the conversation and food spaces have been colonized spaces for as long as the US has been around. Very solid collection of essays. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the different dimensions of the food justice movement.

    8. Loooooooooooooooooooooove this. Highly recommend this book if you're looking for a background in changing the current climate of race and agriculture.

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