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Food and agriculture are in the news daily. Stories in the media highlight issues of abundance, deprivation, pleasure, risk, health, community, and identity. Remaking the North American Food System examines the resurgence of interest in rebuilding the links between agricultural production and food consumption as a way to overcome some of the negative implications of industrial and globalizing trends in the food and agricultural system.
 
Written by a diverse group of scholars and practitioners, the chapters in this volume describe the many efforts throughout North America to craft and sustain alternative food systems that can improve social, economic, environmental, and health outcomes. With examples from Puerto Rico to Oregon to Quebec, this volume offers a broad North American perspective attuned to trends toward globalization at the level of markets and governance and shows how globalization affects the specific localities. The contributors make the case that food can no longer be taken for granted or viewed in isolation. Rather, food should be considered in its connection to community vitality, cultural survival, economic development, social justice, environmental quality, ecological integrity, and human health.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: Practice and Place in Remaking the Food System
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part I: What's Wrong with the Food System? Orienting Frameworks for Change
  1. 1. Civic Agriculture and the North American Food System
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. 2. Warrior, Builder, and Weaver Work: Strategies for Changing the Food System
  2. pp. 33-62
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  1. Part II: Institutions and Practices to Remake the Food System
  1. 3. Farmers’ Markets as Keystones in Rebuilding Local and Regional Food Systems
  2. pp. 65-83
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  1. 4. Practical Research Methods to Enhance Farmers’ Markets
  2. pp. 84-98
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  1. 5. Community Supported Agriculture as an Agent of Change: Is it Working?
  2. pp. 99-120
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  1. 6. Food Policy Councils: Past, Present, and Future
  2. pp. 121-143
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  1. 7. The “Red Label” Poultry System in France: Lessons for Renewing an Agriculture-of-the-Middle in the United States
  2. pp. 144-162
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  1. 8. Eating Right Here: The Role of Dietary Guidance in Remaking Community-based Food Systems
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. 9. Community-Initiated Dialogue: Strengthening the Community through the Local Food System
  2. pp. 183-198
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  1. Part III: The Importance of Place and Region in Remaking the Food System
  1. 10. Retail Concentration, Food Deserts, and Food-Disadvantaged Communities in Rural America
  2. pp. 201-215
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  1. 11. Localization in a Global Context: Invigorating Local Communities in Michigan through the Food System
  2. pp. 216-234
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  1. 12. Assessing the Significance of Direct Farmer-Consumer Linkages as a Change Strategy in Washington State: Civic or Opportunistic?
  2. pp. 235-259
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  1. 13. Emerging Farmers’ Markets and the Globalization of Food Retailing: A Perspective from Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 260-276
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  1. 14. The Lamb That Roared: Origin-Labeled Products as Place-Making Strategy in Charlevoix, Quebec
  2. pp. 277-297
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  1. 15. Be Careful What You Wish For: Democratic Challenges and Political Opportunities for the Michigan Organic Community
  2. pp. 298-314
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  1. 16. The Social Foundation of Sustainable Agriculture in Southeastern Vermont
  2. pp. 315-331
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  1. 17. Community Food Projects and Food System Sustainability
  2. pp. 332-344
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  1. Conclusion: A Full Plate: Challenges and Opportunities in Remaking the Food System
  2. pp. 345-356
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 357-362
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 363-372
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