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

Cheron Z. Constance

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wiskerke, Han, Promotor
  • Horlings, L.G., Co-promotor
  • Shaw, L., Co-promotor, External person
Award date21 Jun 2017
Place of PublicationWageningen
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789463431941
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • food
  • agricultural products
  • cooperatives
  • cooperative farm enterprises
  • food products
  • new mexico

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