Bringing Home Food: An Investigation into Multiculturalism as a Pathway to Sustainability

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tina Masciarelli, Student (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Gerald Voos

Abstract: Food security has become a common and often highly politicized term, used by governments and organizations like the United Nations to describe a broad area of social concern and call attention to a host of environmental, agricultural and hunger-related issues. Food justice, by definition, moves beyond the food security paradigm to address imbalances of power within a framework of human rights and social justice. The alternative food movement has served as a conduit for both social change and environmental sustainability; yet, a divide remains between food justice activism and the marginalized population the model is designed to serve. This gap is attributed to a lack of diversity represented in the alternative food movement. In this paper, the author explores the potential for bridging the gap between the food justice movement and the under-served populations currently being excluded by pursuing multiculturalism as a pathway to sustainability.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Food security, Food justice, Alternative food movement, Multiculturalism

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