Moving from Bread and Water to Milk and Honey: Emergent Alternative Food Systems.Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. Spring 2011.


A number of high-profile failures of the mainstream system of industrialized, globalized food provision have sparked interest in alternative food systems. These alternative systems of food provision take a number of forms, ranging from urban agriculture to community supported farms, from school and community gardens to fair trade. Despite their diversity, however, these emergent alternatives share a common vision of an alternative system of food provision based on a framework of social and environmental justice. The success of these movements, however, will ultimately depend on their ability to re-embed food in the broader moral economy of provision.

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