Realizing justice in local food systems

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For alternative agrifood social movements, food-system localization is both an ideal and a pathway to resolve environmental, social and economic issues in the food system. This article addresses the potential for equity within food-system localization in practical and conceptual terms. Historical processes have shaped regions and social relations with vast differences in wealth, power and privilege and this has implications for thinking about and enacting equity through food-system localization. If food-system localization efforts are to work toward equity, they must consider inherited material and discursive asymmetries within frameworks of economy, demography, geography and democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • agrifood movements
  • democracy
  • food systems
  • localization
  • social justice
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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