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Escaping the local trap: insights on re-localization from school food reform

Sonnino, Roberta 2010. Escaping the local trap: insights on re-localization from school food reform. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 12 (1) , pp. 23-40. 10.1080/15239080903220120

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Building on the stimulating critique of normative views of scale provided by the literature on the ‘local trap’, some agri-food researchers have recently argued that local food initiatives (including, for example, American Farm-to-School programs) reproduce neo-liberal values and forms of governance. By focusing on school food reform in two devolved sites of the UK, this paper aims to show that, even when embedded in the power dynamics and values of neo-liberalism, the local can produce sustainable development outcomes. This raises the need for an inductive research approach that assesses the merits (or lack of) of localism in the concrete—while also taking into account the role of the State as a new powerful actor on the agri-food scene.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: School food, sustainable development, local food, school meal systems, food re-localization, sustainable food systems
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1523-908X
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:07

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