In the United States 25% of the population participates in at least one of 15 USDA nutrition programs and 46 million people depend on emergency food sources every month to close food access gaps. Simultaneously a proliferation of so called ‘alternative food’ solutions promise to reduce vulnerability while spurring local economic development even as entrenched corporate food interests align ever more closely with the anti-hunger community (Fisher, 2017).
This panel session brings together food access scholars studying different parts of the food system to discuss how food access problems in the United States are defined and in turn how those definitions and measurements shape the solutions offered by states, corporations, civil society and local communities. Panelists will discuss the role of geographers in fostering active research that integrates the voices of those excluded from normative food spaces, particularly the retail foodscape, to help us rethink our concepts of an alternative food future.
|Panelist||Alison Alkon University of the Pacific||20|
|Panelist||Adam Pine University of Minnesota -- Duluth||20|
|Panelist||Eric Sarmiento Texas State University - San Marcos||20|
|Panelist||Bradley Wilson West Virginia University||20|
|Discussant||Garrett Graddy-Lovelace American University School of International Service||20|
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