Re-Imagining Food Systems in Mexico: A Case Study of the Mexican Network of Local Organic Markets

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Re-Imagining Food Systems in Mexico: A Case Study of the Mexican Network of Local Organic Markets

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dc.contributor.advisor Landman, Karen
dc.contributor.advisor Humphries, Sally
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Erin Tace
dc.date 2012-04-16
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-08T20:21:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-08T20:21:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3585
dc.description.abstract Over the past several decades, food systems around the world have come to be increasingly dominated by a ‘conventional’ model, wherein production is heavily dependent on industrially-produced external inputs, and trade characterized by a globalized free market. However, alternatives to this model – that seek to challenge its hegemonic status and address its environmental, social, and economic shortcomings – are continuously emerging. While some of these alternatives are narrower in scope, others attempt more transformative change. One example of the latter category is the Red Mexicana de Tianguis y Mercados Orgánicos (Mexican Network of Local Organic Markets), which strives to move beyond the boundaries of the mainstream organic and local food sectors, instead adopting the more holistic discourse of the food sovereignty movement. The process of translating this discourse into practice remains a work in progress. Significant achievements have been made on a number of fronts, most notably: new market opportunities have been opened for small-scale, ecological producers; attitudes and behaviours regarding both production and consumption have been shifted, and; new institutions – that help enable and reinforce new values and behaviours – have begun to be constructed. Unsurprisingly, challenges exist as well. These include: significant reliance on donated resources; continued dependence on a relatively small group of leaders; the relative fragility of newly emerging institutions, and; a pervasive pessimism regarding the ability to scale up change within a context of political institutions perceived as corrupt, and beholden to agri-business influence. Although such challenges do constrain, to an extent, the efficacy of the organization, they do not by any means diminish the powerful impact of its work to demonstrate that alternative agri-food visions are possible. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, International Development Research Centre en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject organic agriculture en_US
dc.subject local food networks en_US
dc.subject farmers' markets en_US
dc.subject food sovereignty en_US
dc.subject sustainable rural development en_US
dc.subject Mexico en_US
dc.title Re-Imagining Food Systems in Mexico: A Case Study of the Mexican Network of Local Organic Markets en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Rural Studies en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US


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