Alternative food movements in North America and Western Europe have proliferated in recent years as producers and consumers attempt to reform what is perceived as a fatally flawed industrial food system. Meanwhile, agricultural producers in the global South are increasingly dispossessed of land and livelihoods as agro-industrial processes take on increasingly global dimensions. Given that many of the challenges facing small-scale producers in the North and South stem from similar patterns of agro-industrialization, might they also share similar responses to these challenges?
In this article I make a case for broadening the geographic frame of reference for alternative food systems by comparing farmers' market research from the US with an organic farmers' market in Lima, Peru. Data is drawn from the experiences of agricultural exchange participants, and broadens the field of inquiry into alternative geographies of globalizations (Bebbington 2001). What lessons and insights gained from research into market-based agro-food initiatives in the US could be applied to the movement/market for organic produce in Peru? What makes the case in Peru distinct from alternative food movements in the US, and what lessons can be drawn from these distinctions?
Cody, K (2015). "La misma realidad de cada lugar es diferente" ("The same reality of each place is different"): A case study of an organic farmers market in Lima, Peru. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(3), 53–69. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.052.011