Tasting Food, Tasting Sustainability: Defining the Attributes of an Alternative Food System with Competent, Ordinary People


Jack Kloppenburg, Kathryn DeMaster


alternative agriculture, food systems, sustainable agriculture, sustainable food system, United States of America


Human Organization

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Policy Summary

This paper reports findings from discussions with 125 persons representing a broad cross section of the alternative farm/food community regarding the characterisitcs of a sustainable food system. Participants envisioned a sustainable food system as relational, proximate, diverse, ecologically sustainable, economically sustaining, just/ethical, sacred, knowledgable/communicative, seasonal/temporal, healthful, participatory, culturally nourishing and sustainably regulated. While no direct policy implications are provided, this exploration of sustainability may help to identify policies that support aspects of this vision of sustainable food systems.

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