Building the local food movement in Chiapas, Mexico: rationales, benefits, and limitations
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Geog & Dev
Alternative food networks
Participatory guarantee systems
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CitationBuilding the local food movement in Chiapas, Mexico: rationales, benefits, and limitations 2016, 34 (1):119 Agriculture and Human Values
JournalAgriculture and Human Values
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AbstractAlternative food networks (AFNs) have become a common response to the socioecological injustices generated by the industrialized food system. Using a political ecology framework, this paper evaluates the emergence of an AFN in Chiapas, Mexico. While the Mexican context presents a particular set of challenges, the case study also reveals the strength the alternative food movement derives from a diverse network of actors committed to building a “community economy” that reasserts the multifunctional values of organic agriculture and local commodity chains. Nonetheless, just as the AFN functions as an important livelihood strategy for otherwise disenfranchised producers it simultaneously encounters similar limitations as those observed in other market-driven approaches to sustainable food governance.
Note12 month embargo; Published online 18 May 2016.
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsTinker Foundation; SBSRI Pre-Doc Graduate Research Grant Program; AAG Latin America Specialty Group; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship