Humboldt Journal of Social Relations
Special Issue: "Eating Right Now: Tasting Alternative Food Systems"
In recent years a number of alternatives to the globalized system of food production and consumption have emerged. Around the world, individuals are rethinking their relationship with the food they consume, challenging the globalized, industrial system of food production that has developed over the past fifty years. In its place, demands for more locally defined, socially just, and environmentally sustainable systems of food production and consumption have taken center stage. This special issue of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations explores some of the emerging alternative food systems. In doing so, the contributors seek to illuminate the multitude of ways in which alternative food systems seek to re-embed food production and consumption into broader social networks. At the same time, the authors caution that the various faces of the alternative food movement remain limited in their transformative potential. In the end, a nuanced analysis which balances the potential benefits and the real limits of alternative food systems is provided.