Food Justice and the Industrial Food System

Food Justice and the Industrial Food System

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Organizational Food Justice: Exploring Social Movements and Resistance to Industrial Agriculture presents food justice as resistance to the current industrial food system in the US from the perspective of discourse and practice. The book frames the injustices of the current industrial food system with an emphasis on growing levels of hunger and obesity in the US, poor wages among farm and food workers, abuse of farmworker labor, and unsustainable farm incomes. Organizational Food Justice examines the industrial food system from the perspective of discourse and practice and introduces food-related social movements that have arisen since the 1960s as resistance. These movements include the organic food movement, the Slow Food movement, the labor justice movement (including the rise of the United Farm Workers Organization and, more recently, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers), the Food Sovereignty movement as well as growing interest in urban agriculture (including guerilla gardening) and producer agricultural cooperatives. To conclude, the book discusses the future of the food system in the US given these varied and competing discourses and practices. While there has been work on social movements that has emphasized discourse and practice, that work has never been contextualized in the wider industrial food system or in relation to other forms of resistance to the system or books that look at the food system from a discursive or practice perspective with respect to organizational or field change. This unique book offers a critical perspective on the industrial food system and educates readers around how different organizations are practicing food justice whilst also offering readers insight into the future of food system given these competing discourses and practices.show more

Product details

  • Hardback
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138890790
  • 9781138890794

About Michael B. Elmes

* Michael Elmes is a Professor at the School of Business, at Worcester Polytechnic Instituteshow more

Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures Foreword Preface Part I Overview 1. Industrial Agriculture and Food (In)Justice in the US 2. Doing Food Justice: A Discursive Practice Perspective Part II: Social Movements as Resistance to Industrial Agriculture 3. The Rise of the Organic Food Industry 4. The Aesthetics of Food and the Slow Food Movement 5. Labor Justice and the Food System 6. The Food Sovereignty Movement Part III: Other Forms of Food Justice 7. The Rise of Urban Agriculture and Guerilla Gardening 8. Cooperative Agricultural Organizations Part IV Conclusion 9. The Worcester County Food Bank as a Hybrid Response to Food Justice 10. Doing Food Justice Globally 11. Competing Discourses and Practices in the Transition to the Food System of the Future References Indexshow more