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By Alison Alkon, Deborah Cowen, Melissa Wright, Nik Heynen

Farmers markets are even more than locations to shop for produce. in keeping with advocates for sustainable meals platforms, also they are areas to “vote together with your fork” for environmental safeguard, vivid groups, and robust neighborhood economies. Farmers markets became necessary to the move for food-system reform and are a shining instance of a becoming eco-friendly economic climate the place shoppers can store their strategy to social change.

Black, White, and Green brings new power to this subject through exploring dimensions of race and sophistication as they relate to farmers markets and the golf green economic climate. With a spotlight on Bay region markets―one within the basically white local of North Berkeley, and the opposite in principally black West Oakland―Alison desire Alkon investigates the chances for social and environmental switch embodied via farmers markets and the golf green economy.

Drawing on ethnographic and old assets, Alkon describes the meanings that farmers marketplace managers, owners, and shoppers characteristic to the trading of neighborhood natural meals, and the ways in which these meanings are raced and classed. She mobilizes this examine to appreciate how the fairway economic climate fosters visions of social swap which are suitable with fiscal progress whereas marginalizing those who are not.

Black, White, and Green is likely one of the first books to rigorously theorize the golf green economic system, to ascertain the racial dynamics of foodstuff politics, and to process problems with foodstuff entry from an environmental-justice standpoint. In a realistic feel, Alkon deals an empathetic critique of a newly renowned approach for social swap, highlighting either its strengths and limitations.

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In contrast to macroeconomic policies commonly designed to produce growth, steady state systems aim for equilibrium, or for slight fluctuations, in both population and production. According to ecological economists like Herman Daly, whose words are among those introducing this chapter, a steady state economy does not excessively disrupt natural ecosystems and can protect natural resources (Daly and Townsend 1993). The limits-­to-­growth argument was highly controversial. Among its most prominent critics was Columbia University economist Jagdish Bhagwati.

18 • chapter two seeking to preserve the natural world and increase social equity supported a second approach: zero economic growth or steady state economies. In contrast to macroeconomic policies commonly designed to produce growth, steady state systems aim for equilibrium, or for slight fluctuations, in both population and production. According to ecological economists like Herman Daly, whose words are among those introducing this chapter, a steady state economy does not excessively disrupt natural ecosystems and can protect natural resources (Daly and Townsend 1993).

But the green economy allows environmentalism and justice to become more than just brand identities. When participants in farmers markets such as those depicted in this book bring their social movement goals to the market, they also bring the market’s “rationalizing” force to their social movement goals (Castree 2008; Mansfield 2004). In order to promote justice and sustainability through the green economy, these ideals become regarded as commodities. In other words, by working through the green economy, food and food justice movements come to treat their social change goals as things to be bought and sold.

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