Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability

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  • Copyright: 2011-10-21
  • Publisher: Mit Pr

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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.

Author Biography

Alison Hope Alkon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Pacific. Julion Agyeman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Food Movement as Polyculturep. 1
The Production of Unequal Accessp. 21
A Continuing Legacy: Institutional Racism, Hunger, and Nutritional Justice on the Klamathp. 23
From the Past to the Present: Agricultural Development and Black Farmers in the American Southp. 47
Race and Regulation: Asian Immigrants in California Agriculturep. 65
Consumption Deniedp. 87
From Industrial Garden to Food Desert: Demarcated Devaluation in the Flatlands of Oakland, Californiap. 89
Farmworker Food Insecurity and the Production of Hunger in Californiap. 121
Will Work for Food Justicep. 147
Growing Food and Justice: Dismantling Racism through Sustainable Food Systemsp. 149
Community Food Security "For Us, By Us": The Nation of Islam and the Pan African Orthodox Christian Churchp. 177
Environmental and Food Justice; Toward Local, Slow, and Deep Food Systemsp. 197
Vegans of Color, Racialized Embodiment, and Problematics of the "Exotic"p. 221
Realizing Rural Food Justice: Divergent Locals in the Northeastern United Statesp. 239
Future Directionsp. 261
"If They Only Knew": The Unbearable Whiteness of Alternative Foodp. 263
Just Food?p. 283
Food Security, Food Justice, or Food Sovereignty?: Crises, Food Movements, and Regime Changep. 309
Conclusion: Cultivating the Fertile Field of Food Justicep. 331
List of Contributorsp. 349
Indexp. 351
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