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Cultivating Food Justice Race, Class, and Sustainability

ISBN-10: 0262516322
ISBN-13: 9780262516327
Edition: 2011
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/21/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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 more 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.

Series Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Food Movement as Polyculture
The Production of Unequal Access
A Continuing Legacy: Institutional Racism, Hunger, and Nutritional Justice on the Klamath
From the Past to the Present: Agricultural Development and Black Farmers in the American South
Race and Regulation: Asian Immigrants in California Agriculture
Consumption Denied
From Industrial Garden to Food Desert: Demarcated Devaluation in the Flatlands of Oakland, California
Farmworker Food Insecurity and the Production of Hunger in California
Will Work for Food Justice
Growing Food and Justice: Dismantling Racism through Sustainable Food Systems
Community Food Security "For Us, By Us": The Nation of Islam and the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church
Environmental and Food Justice; Toward Local, Slow, and Deep Food Systems
Vegans of Color, Racialized Embodiment, and Problematics of the "Exotic"
Realizing Rural Food Justice: Divergent Locals in the Northeastern United States
Future Directions
"If They Only Knew": The Unbearable Whiteness of Alternative Food
Just Food?
Food Security, Food Justice, or Food Sovereignty?: Crises, Food Movements, and Regime Change
Conclusion: Cultivating the Fertile Field of Food Justice
List of Contributors
Index

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