Saving Food: Food Preservation as Alternative Food Activism

Melissa A. Click, Ronit Ridberg
2010 Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture  
The renewed interest in sustainable agriculture suggests we are in the midst of a food revolution. However, food movements' focus on individual, instead of collective, action has opened food activism to critiques that it is too focused on consumer politics and lacks the force necessary to make substantive changes in the global food system (e.g., Delind, 2006; Hassanein, 2003) . Our examination of the practices of and motivations for food preservation, using survey and interview data, reveals
more » ... t food preservation presents an opportunity to move alternative food practices away from an individualistic, consumeroriented politics to a politics based upon relationships to self, others, and the earth, enabling activists to connect more deeply to the goals of food movements. Unlike the dominant discourses of food movements, which encourage an individualistic, consumeroriented politics, food preservation emphasizes connection and relationships and thus has the potential to subvert the capitalistic logic of the global agro-food industry.
doi:10.1080/17524032.2010.500461 fatcat:l6h2lvxspfgwja67zfcwzqr32m