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ERIC Number: EJ784289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Squaring Farm Security and Food Security in Two Types of Alternative Food Institutions
Guthman, Julie; Morris, Amy W.; Allen, Patricia
Rural Sociology, v71 n4 p662-684 Dec 2006
Even though both farmers' markets and community supported agriculture were first developed to provide markets for farmers, recently the goals of food security have been attached to these market-based alternative food institutions, based on their potential to be "win-win" economic solutions for both small-scale farmers and low-income consumers. This article reports on survey and interview research conducted in California during 2004-2005 designed to examine to what extent CSAs and farmers' markets are addressing food security in both concept and practice. Findings show that managers of these institutions generally support the idea of improving the affordability of the food they provide, and most have made an effort to do so, although these efforts vary with institutional capacity. Still, some hedged their interest in supporting food security goals with counter-vailing concerns such as the need to support farmers first. It is ironic, then, that the way that private CSAs and farmers' markets achieve some elements of food security is by virtue of the support of public food assistance programs. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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