• Food Fears

Food Fears

Food Fears

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  • Author
    Alison Blay Palmer
  • Publisher
    Routledge
  • Publication date
    15 April 2016

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Food Fears

  • Author

    Alison Blay Palmer

  • Date Published

    15 April 2016

  • Publisher

    Routledge

  • Pages

    196 pages

  • ISBN

    9781317134374

Book Description

The industrial food system of the West is increasingly perceived as problematic. The physical, social and intellectual distance between consumers and their food stems from a food system that privileges quantity and efficiency over quality, with an underlying assumption that food is a commodity, rather than a source of nourishment and pleasure. In the wake of various food and health scares, there is a growing demand from consumers to change the food they eat, which in turn acts as a catalyst for the industry to adapt and for alternative systems to evolve. Drawing on a wealth of empirical research into mainstream and alternative North American food systems, this book discusses how sustainable, grass roots, local food systems offer a template for meaningful individual activism as a way to bring about change from the bottom up, while at the same time creating pressure for policy changes at all levels of government. This movement signals a shift away from market economy principles and reflects a desire to embody social and ecological values as the foundation for future growth.

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