Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence


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Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence by Douglas H. Constance

This volume explores the issues of convergence and divergence in alternative agrifood movements through a theoretical and empirical engagement of the topic by notable agrifood researchers from Europe, North America and South America. It probes the degree to which the numerous alternative agrifood movements that have emerged in recent years in response to the legitimation crisis of conventional agriculture have converged around a central alternative thesis or pursued divergent paths of development. Some alternative agrifood movements represent radical critiques of conventional agriculture that challenge the existing system while other movements engage in reformist and accommodative approaches that are viewed as complimentary. The book begins with chapters that enhance the theoretical discussions on the pathways and obstacles to convergence followed by empirical case studies on organics, food sovereignty, landless workers, alternative food systems, and food policy councils.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784410902
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date: 12/28/2014
Series: Research in Rural Sociology and Development , #21
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Dedication xiii

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 The Discourse on Alternative Agrifood Movements Douglas H. Constance William H. Friedland Marie-Christine Renard Marta G. Rivera-Ferre 3

Part II Theoretical and Conceptual Framings

Chapter 2 Divergence and Convergence in Alternative Agrifood Movements: Seeking a Path Forward Patricia Allen 49

Chapter 3 Alternative Agrifood Movements and Social Change Marie-Christine Renard 69

Part III Food Sovereignty Movements

Chapter 4 Building Alliances for Food Sovereignty: LA VíA Campesina, NGOS, and Social Movements Annette Aurélie Desmarais Marta G. Rivera-Ferre Beatriz Gasco 89

Chapter 5 Food Sovereignty and Struggle for Land: The Experience of the MST in Brazil Débora Franco Lerrer Leonilde Servolo de Medeiros 111

Chapter 6 Food Sovereignty and Agroecology in the Convergence of Rural Social Movements Peter M. Rosset María Elena Martinez-Torres 137

Chapter 7 The Transformative Agrifood Movement in Catalonia: Operational Divergences in the Construction of Food Sovereignty Marina Di Masso Marta G. Rivera-Ferre Josep-Lluís Espluga 159

Part IV Alternative Movements in the Global North

Chapter 8 Consumer Convergence and Collective Motivations for Purchasing Ethical Products Michael A. Long Douglas L. Murray 185

Chapter 9 Barriers to the Local Food Movement: Ontario's Community Food Projects and the Capacity for Convergence Phil Mount Shelley Hazen Shawna Holmes Evan Eraser Anthony Winson Irena Knezevic Erin Nelson Lisa Ohberg Peter Andrée Karen Landman 209

Chapter 10 Food Policy Council Movement in North America: A Convergence of Alternative Local Agrifood Interests? Patrick H. Mooney Keiko Tanaka Gabriele Ciciurkaite 229

Chapter 11 Patchworks of Sustainable Agriculture Standards and Metrics in the United States Jason Konefal Maki Hatauaka Douglas H. Constance 257

Chapter 12 Organic and Non-Organic Farming: Is Convergence Possible? Bernhard Freyer Jim Bingen 281

Part V Conclusions

Chapter 13 Convergence and Divergence in Alternative Agrifood Movements Marta G. Rivera-Ferre Douglas H. Constance Marie-Christine Renard 313

About the Authors 323

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