The environmental, health, social justice and socio-economic challenges related to food production and consumption that have been extensively discussed in the literature, can be considered merely symptoms of a dysfunctional system. In contrast, in this chapter I argue that one of the biggest challenges of all facing the food system is in fact the continuous co-optation of potential solutions by the dominant regime, which perpetuates current dynamics and suffocates sustainable alternatives. This chapter discusses solution-based strategies ideated by actors operating in alternative food networks; their aim is to fight the marketization of social justice and ecological public health ideals and practices by and for the benefit of industrial food regimes. A layered framework to analyze these strategies is proposed around four interconnected categories: rediscovering new allies, fostering diversity, rethinking access to resources while redefining success and democratizing knowledge production. The four strategies come together as a solution to address two key challenges to fairer and more sustainable food systems: lack of diversity in conventional food relations and risk of co-optation of alternative practices.
|Title of host publication||Sustainable Food Futures|
|Subtitle of host publication||Multidisciplinary Solutions|
|Editors||Jessica Duncan, Megan Bailey|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Aug 2017|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment|
- Solidarity economy
- lternative food systems
- Multi-stakeholder co-operatives
Ajates Gonzalez, R. (2017). The solution cannot be conventionalized: Protecting the alterity of fairer and more sustainable food networks. In J. Duncan, & M. Bailey (Eds.), Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutions (Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment). Routledge.