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By David Goodman

Farmers’ markets, veggie bins, neighborhood meals, natural items and reasonable alternate items – how have those as soon as novel, "alternative" meals, and the folk and networks helping them, develop into more and more primary positive factors of daily intake? Are the visions of "alternative worlds" outfitted on ethics of sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and the classy values of neighborhood foodstuff cultures and standard crafts nonetheless credible now that those meals crowd grocery store cabinets and different "mainstream" procuring retailers?

This well timed e-book presents a serious overview of the expansion of other nutrition 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 offer networks. It explores how those substitute activities are "making a distinction" and their attainable function as fears of world weather switch and foodstuff lack of confidence accentuate. It assesses the several stories of those networks in 3 significant arenas of nutrients activism and politics: Britain and Western Europe, the USA, and the worldwide reasonable alternate financial system. This comparative standpoint runs in the course of the booklet to totally discover the revolutionary erosion of the interface among replacement and mainstream nutrition provisioning. because the period of "cheap foodstuff" attracts to a detailed, research of the constraints of market-based social swap and the way forward for replacement nutrients economies and localist foodstuff politics position this ebook on the state of the art of the sphere.

The ebook is carefully knowledgeable via modern social idea and interdisciplinary social clinical scholarship, formulates an integrative social perform framework to appreciate replacement nutrients production-consumption, and provides a special geographical succeed in in its case studies.

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Indeed, the quality “turn” liter­at­ure takes the ontology of the local as given, not as a cat­egory to be explicated in terms of societal pro­cesses. This stance is certainly idiosyncratic, if not myopic, when “the pro­posi­tion that geo­ graphical scale is socially constructed (is) an estab­lished truism within con­ tempor­ary human geo­graphy” (Brenner 2001: 592, ori­ginal emphasis). In this per­spect­ive, territories and scales are “contested social constructions” (Herod 1991: 84, ori­ginal emphasis) and the ontology of scale, from the “local” to the “global,” is not preordained but can be reconfigured through socio-­political struggle (Smith 1993; Swyngedouw 1997a, 1997b).

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. In seeking to bring pol­itics “back in” to ana­lyses of local food networks, we are drawn to Amin’s (2002: 397) proposal for a new pol­itics of the local. Thus he argues for a “shift in emphasis from the pol­itics of place to a pol­itics in place” (ori­ginal emphasis).

How­ever, only by looking at the local as a “pol­itics in place” is it pos­sible to understand the ways in which localism is deployed for or against global forces. Local politics as the “new politics of scale” The largely apolit­ical approach to place construction in the agro-­food liter­at­ure on the quality “turn” and local food systems contrasts vividly with the lively debates on the pol­itics of space and place found in human geo­graphy. These debates bring out the im­port­ance of spatial and scalar polit­ical pro­cesses in the social construction of place, emphas­ize the contingent nature of socio-­spatial structures and scalar orderings, and direct ana­lyt­ical attention to the “winners” and “losers” in these struggles.

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