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Together at the Table: Sustainability and Sustenance in the American Agrifood System

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Everywhere you look people are more aware of what they eat and where their food comes from. In a cafeteria in Los Angeles, children make their lunchtime food choices at fresh-fruit and salad bars stocked with local foods. In a community garden in New York, low-income residents are producing organically grown fruits and vegetables for their own use and to sell at market. In ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Penn State University Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 30, 2008 Owen rated it really liked it
Shelves: farm-and-food
very interesting in that the author questions the ability for "sustainable agriculture" and "food security" movements to coexist and support each other. can we support local, ecologically-sound food and farming systems AND work towards social justice at the same time? p. allen poses such relevant and challenging questions for those of us who are attempting to make these broad and diverse changes.

i fell in love with this book at the end. it just got better and better. this is a critical and absol
In Together at the Table , Patricia Allen examines the U.S. alternative agrifood movement, which she sees as arising from the community food security movement and the sustainable agriculture movement. She is focused on analyzing the movement’s discourse as a way to get at its self-understanding (or “cognitive content”) and aims at producing theory not only about the movement but for the movement. By understanding the ideological underpinnings of the movements’ weaknesses, she is able to offer p ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book is a fantastic critique of the American Agrifood system and offers examples of the ways the agrifood system perpetuates the discourses it fights against (class, gender, power); while also offering ways to change the issues within the movement and create a greater social change.

Allen is forthright in her discussion, passionate about the ability of social movements to create change and yet frankly honest in pulling back the curtain on a very positivist movement.

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Mar 20, 2011 Adrien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important and nuanced evaluation of what Allen dubs "the alternative agrifood movement." Where the book lacks is in its often vague and taken-for-granted assumptions about what constitutes "sustainability." That said, Allen highlights both the practical success and ideological pitfalls present in the current alternative agrifood movement, pointing to areas of further research that could promote the movement's dual goals of increased "sustainable" agriculture and more community food se ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Kristi rated it liked it
Shelves: own, food, sag-program
Allen gives a thorough evaluation of the positions and effectiveness of the two primary alternative agrifood movements in the States -- sustainable agriculture and community food security -- in changing our existing food system and food policies. She focuses mostly on these movements in relation to the state of California, which is one weakness of the book, and some of the research is already a little outdated.
Oct 17, 2007 Jen marked it as to-read
a rural studies/local foods grad student i met in a coffee shop recommended this as a great starting-off point in learning about social networks & ethically produced food. it is at the top of my queue, for sure!
Jan 18, 2008 SSP rated it liked it
Well worth reading if you have an interest in competing agricultural paradigms. The books scope may seem limited at first but widens out to encompass existing institutions and historical social movements.
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