By Damian Maye, Lewis Holloway, Moya Kneafsey

Because the past due Nineties, agro-food researchers have pointed out makes an attempt to re-configure foodstuff provision round extra ethically sound, economically and ecologically sustainable relationships among foodstuff manufacturers, processors and shoppers. mostly within the context of built industry economies, notions of relocalization and the standard flip have figured prominently in discussions approximately those substitute nutrients geographies. rising empirical examine, even if, is now tough many of the assumptions embedded inside such discussions.This booklet significantly displays at the nice variety of debates and practices surrounding efforts to reform modern nutrition provision in other places and areas. The ebook is equipped into 3 elements. Following a contextual advent written via the editors, half One makes a speciality of theoretical and conceptual issues/debates, specially relating to strength, representations and discourses of the choice. In different phrases, how, the place and why is the time period substitute deployed? half considers the connection among public coverage and replacement nutrition tasks, with case reviews that learn the various methods associations sign up, characterize, help and, in a few situations, hamper the advance of definite different types of replacement nutrients provision. half 3 addresses views and practices from various actors and areas within the meals chain, together with manufacturers, shops, shoppers and native communities.Going past the standard specialize in the worldwide north, the booklet considers the relevance of debates approximately substitute nutrition networks to the worldwide south. It contains empirically-rich case reports from Europe, North and South the United States, Australia and Africa, which jointly emphasize the diversity of representations and practices fascinated about developing replacement nutrients geographies. It addresses options and debates, public coverage, and substitute creation.

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We begin with the second, more empirical question and end with some conceptual and methodological reflections. In terms of the discourses, representations and practices involved with AFNs, the chapters identify a range of activities related to products, places and processes. The first theme we want to emphasise in relation to this is geographical. The short review of current work on AFNs revealed a concentration of efforts in Europe and North America. Reviews have since called for perspectives from ‘outside’ this geographical domain (Hughes 2005).

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The short review of current work on AFNs revealed a concentration of efforts in Europe and North America. Reviews have since called for perspectives from ‘outside’ this geographical domain (Hughes 2005). This collection includes perspectives from the ‘global north’ and the ‘global south’. In particular, the chapters by Abrahams, Binns et al. (both based in South Africa) and Rosin (Brazil) challenge the way ‘alternativeness’ is theorised when placed in majority world contexts. Abrahams, for instance, shows how alternatives translate very differently when examined in a deprived neighbourhood in Johannesburg.

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