Rethinking Food Access Research 4 Questioning food alterity: Imagining new pathways to food security

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Joshua Lohnes, Angela Babb
Chairs: Angela Babb


Many eaters now engage with ethical supply chains as a form of resistance against the dominant or “conventional” food system (Allen, 2004; Barnett et. al, 2005). Farmer’s markets, community gardens, food hubs, CSAs and local food coalitions work to change and rebuild the food system “from below”. This struggle has redefined the politics of eating (Guthman, 2008) embodied within practices such as “voting with your fork”. Often however, such alternatives reinforce social divides because they fail to reach or include those most vulnerable to food insecurity, and tend to reproduce structural violence. (Slocum, 2007; Hayes-Conroy and Martin, 2010; Alkon and Mares, 2012).

How do we go beyond this critique to cultivate truly just food systems without privileged notions of alterity? How can we envision an alternative food system that engages with a more diverse cast of actors from within the existing food system? What is the impact of state based and corporate resource allocation models at different scales, and what are the opportunities for creating alternatives from within these more entrenched food spaces? How do we transform the food system without reproducing structural inequalities, particularly those borne out of racism, patriarchy, class politics and neocolonialism? Geographers are well positioned to wrestle with these questions, particularly with regards to translating food and nutrition policy to the distribution of resources within local and regional food systems.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter John Hintz*, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Break Up the Farms? The Threat of Lock-in on the U.S. Farmscape 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Lauren Kepkiewicz*, University of Toronto, Whose local? Complicating Settler Understandings of Food System Change in Canada 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Brittany Kesselman*, Witwatersrand University, The challenges and opportunities of decolonial participatory action research for food justice: Establishing a community food centre in Johannesburg, South Africa 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Heidi Gum*, West Virginia University, Bradley Wilson, West Virginia University, Joshua Lohnes, West Virginia University, Thomson Gross, West Virginia University, Tyler Cannon, West Virginia University , Amanda Marple, West Virginia University, Alanna Higgins, West Virginia University, Working Out the Alternatives: Crisis Theory, Political Praxis and the Right to Food in West Virginia 20 4:20 PM
Discussant Garrett Graddy-Lovelace American University School of International Service 20 4:40 PM

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