Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Writing a book is like taking a long, inspiring journey, and I am grateful to many people for traveling these many miles with me. I would like to thank Don Young, Clyde Yates, and the members of the Athens Permaculture Group, who inspired this journey. ...

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Introduction. Political Practice at the Margins

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pp. 1-14

In 2009, state and federal agents seized two hundred gallons of raw milk legally purchased in South Carolina and distributed in Athens, Georgia, from a farmers’ market and forced its impoundment and destruction. In 2011, a farmer in Blue Hill, Maine, was arrested for selling raw milk without a license. ...

Part I

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1. Political Economies of Food Sovereignty

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pp. 17-30

The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, article 25(1), asserts that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing.” Yet, ac‑ cording to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO, 2013), ...

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2. Episteme(s) of Food Sovereignty

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pp. 31-46

Over the last two decades in several states in Brazil, the MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra; Landless Workers Movement) occupied unproductive land and established sustainable agriculture operations on it (Wolford, 2010). MST members squat on land in the belief that property rights are mutable social constructions that stem from working the land, not owning it ...

Part II

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3. Temporary Commons: Urban Community Gardens

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pp. 49-63

Across the street from a community garden in Lisbon, Portugal, above a wall of graffiti, is written this provocative question, which confronts its reader with the potentially uncomfortable notion that gardens as much as streets belong in the city. The community garden next to this statement, ultimately destroyed by the city through “development,” ...

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4. Spatial Practices of Governance: Community-Based Rights

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pp. 64-82

In the spring of 2011, several townships in Hancock County, Maine, passed a Community Self-­Governance Ordinance as part of the town meeting cycle that characterizes home rule governance (see the appendix for the full text of the ordinance). The ordinance was largely a response to changes to key state laws governing food safety that would negatively affect many small-­scale farmers. ...

Part III

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5. Re/territorializing Food Security: Manoomin Gift Economies

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pp. 85-101

In response to the Rome Summit on Food Security in 1996, NGOS articulated in point 6 of their declaration that “food cannot be considered as a commodity because of its social and cultural dimension.” Following from this, and as a result of much debate and discussion, the Nyéléni declarations state that part of the struggle for food sovereignty ...

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6. Making Political Space for Life: Seeds and Permaculture

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pp. 102-118

In April 2014, in honor of Earth Day, a seed library opened in the public library in the town of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The library operates on the idea that whoever takes seeds will grow them out and return to the library new seed stock that is adapted to the local growing conditions at the end of the season. ...

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Conclusion: Love as a Radically Collective Practice

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pp. 119-130

Without doubt, the political aims of food sovereignty envision a “new economic phase of history,” one that is characterized largely by limits on corporate power, achieved either through legislation, self-­governing, or civil disobedience. In the United States, democracy originally was based on the principle of free government (not free markets), ...

Appendix

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pp. 131-134

Notes

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pp. 135-138

References

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pp. 139-152

Index

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pp. 153-156

Further Series Titles

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