What if the trucks stop coming?: Exploring the framing of local food by cooperative food retailers in New Mexico

PhD defence

What if the trucks stop coming?: Exploring the framing of local food by cooperative food retailers in New Mexico

PhD candidate CZLL (Cheron) Constance
Promotor prof.dr.ir. JSC (Han) Wiskerke
Co-promotor Lummina Horlings
Co-promotor dr L Shaw
Organisation Wageningen University, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Rural Sociology
Date

Wed 21 June 2017 13:30 to 15:00

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

Proponents of local food cite a variety of economic and environmental advantages of short food supply chains. Consumer interest in local food has also offered a point of differentiation for many players in the food industry, including restaurants and grocery stores. Engaging with local food has significant challenges, however, and many production and distribution systems engender and support more diffuse food provisioning, not less. Though food can travel thousands of miles from its point of origin to consumption, many cooperative (co-op) grocery stores have long sold locally-produced food and have deep ties to their supplier communities. This thesis offers case studies of two co-ops in the natural and organic food sector and examines how they think about and work with local food. The theories of embeddedness (after Polanyi) and diverse economies (from Gibson-Graham) undergird the analyses of these co-ops’ involvement with local food and how the cooperative business model relates to it.