California Cuisine and Just Food by Sally K. Fairfax

By Sally K. Fairfax

Can a star chef locate universal flooring with an city neighborhood organizer? Can a maker of natural cheese and a farm employee proportion an schedule for bettering America's foodstuff? within the San Francisco Bay quarter, unforeseen alliances sign the widening issues of numerous replacement meals proponents. What started as area of interest preoccupations with parks, the surroundings, foodstuff aesthetics, and flavor has develop into a broader and extra built-in attempt to accomplish meals democracy: agricultural sustainability, entry for all to reliable nutrients, equity for staff and manufacturers, and public future health. This publication maps that evolution in northern California. The authors convey that growth towards meals democracy within the Bay sector has been major: innovators have equipped on normal but particularly radical understandings of neighborhood food to generate new, extensively shared expectancies approximately meals caliber, and activists have exact the issues that the traditional nutrition method creates. yet, they warning regardless of the Bay Area's favorable weather, innovative politics, and meals tradition many demanding situations remain.

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Confronted with vibrant regional economies, Goodman and Watts (1994) criticized the presumption that social agency at small scales necessarily withered when confronted with global actors. But scholars did not presume that these more “flexible” or regional forms were superior. Dupuis and Block (2008) underscored, for example, that relocalizing in the milk industry has led to very different outcomes in different places. 36 Although most industrial district literature emphasizes producers and manufacturers, Goodman’s (2003) description of a “quality turn” away from mass-produced products focused attention on consumers and how their responses to genetically modified organisms, food scares, and increasingly toxic production methods and food products can provide a market for small-scale and artisanal production.

Although the initial response to her work focused on the impact of pesticides on wildlife and ecosystems, Carson’s analysis also exposed the disturbing public health consequences of intensifying agricultural production methods. Framing Alternative Food 15 Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet (1971) appeared in the context of a deepening conversation about agricultural intensification, efficiency, and protein. 6 The 1973 Arab oil embargo soon added a second concern: conventional agriculture’s dependence on oil.

26 The concept emphasizes the anticolonial and self-determination elements of food access. In the United States, analysts and community organizers have more commonly pursued what is referred to as food justice. Winne (2008, 2010a) and Gottlieb and Joshi (2010) have probed the rapidly expanding array of organizations, most of them recently formed, that work in the food justice field. On the production side, a new wave of workers’ organizations has worked to bring the concerns of low-wage, frequently immigrant food service workers into the food debate.

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