This volume explores the issues of convergence and divergence in alternative agrifood movements through a theoretical and empirical engagement of the topic by notable agrifood researchers from Europe, North America and South America. It probes the degree to which the numerous alternative agrifood movements that have emerged in recent years in response to the legitimation crisis of conventional agriculture have converged around a central alternative thesis or pursued divergent paths of development. Some alternative agrifood movements represent radical critiques of conventional agriculture that challenge the existing system while other movements engage in reformist and accommodative approaches that are viewed as complimentary. The book begins with chapters that enhance the theoretical discussions on the pathways and obstacles to convergence followed by empirical case studies on organics, food sovereignty, landless workers, alternative food systems, and food policy councils.
Food Sovereignty and Agroecology in the Convergence of Rural Social Movements. The Transformative Agrifood Movement in Catalonia: Operational Divergences in the Construction of Food Sovereignty. Consumer Convergence and Collective Motivations for Purchasing Ethical Products. Barriers to the Local Food Movement: Ontario's Community Food Projects and the Capacity for Convergence. Organic and Non-Organic Farming: Is Convergence Possible?. Alternative Agrifood Movements and Social Change. Convergence and Divergence in Alternative Agrifood Movements. Divergence and Convergence in Alternative Agrifood Movements: Seeking a Path Forward. Building Alliances for Food Sovereignty: La Via Campesina, NGOs, and Social Movements. Food Sovereignty and Struggle for Land: The Experience of the MST in Brazil. Patchworks of Sustainable Agriculture Standards and Metrics in the United States. Copyright page. Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence. List of Contributors. Research in rural sociology and development. Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence. Food Policy Council Movement in North America: A Convergence of Alternative Local Agrifood Interests?. The Discourse on Alternative Agrifood Movements. About the Authors. Dedication.