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Alternative Food Research: What White People Like

In my last post, I wrote about Nathan McClintock‘s research on the potential of alternative food to enhance social justice in economically impoverished neighborhoods. Here, I present a different perspective. Julie Guthman, a sociology professor at UC-Santa Cruz, thinks that alternative food activism has a tendency to reflect white desires more than the needs of …

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Alternative Food Research: Farming the Deserts

Given all of the attention on alternative food right now – from backyard chickens to guerilla gardeners to illegal rooftop beekeeping – I decided to start a series of posts on research examining the sociology and ecology of this movement. Nathan McClintock, a graduate student at the University of California-Berkeley, studies the potential of urban …

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New Portable Farm Makes Most of Urban Gardening

Everyone knows the very tastiest tomatoes are homegrown, lovingly staked and watered at regular intervals until they’re big and red and ripe. Until recently, such simple pleasures were reserved for rural dwellers but the growing movement for urban farming is starting to change all that. While container gardens and green rooftops have made urban agriculture …

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