Reimagining the Value of Food

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Taylor, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Angela Babb
Chairs: Angela Babb


The industrial capitalist agri-food system largely determines the relative price of foods, and this valuation has consistently externalized the environmental and social costs of deregulation, trade liberalization and the exploitation of land and labor (Holt-Gimenéz 2017). Federal programs artificially drive down the market value of food commodities in the U.S., while food dumping suppresses the price of food in countries around the world, destroying local economies (Murphy et al. 2005).

The food movement has struggled with the predicament of paying producers fairly while simultaneously making food affordable to those situated in poverty (Guthman et al. 2006); meanwhile, poverty is most often defined by the price of food. Food sovereignty advocates are now calling for a return to parity (Naylor et al. 2018), a pricing structure that emerged during the early 20th century and that reflected the real costs of production and living wages for food producers. In this session, we will discuss current and prospective valuations of food in local, national and global food systems.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Adam S. Dohrenwend*, University of Kansas, “The Problem is the Low Price”: Social Drivers of Environmental Change in Yerba Mate Cultivation 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Kassandra Leuthart*, Indiana University, Angela Babb, Indiana University , Daniel Knudsen, Indiana University , Farm Justice and Parity Pricing 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Jed DeBruin*, West Virginia University, Super-Localizing Food as Tourism Development: Producing the 30 Mile Meal™ in Athens, Ohio 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Angela Babb*, Indiana University, Toward a Fair and Holistic Valuation of Food 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Daniel Knudsen Indiana University 20 9:20 AM

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