Embracing the Locavore Movement
Embracingthe Locavore Movement
Variousauthors have articulated their inquiries on the infiltration ofindustrial foods and its distribution into the American eatingsystem. Eric Schlosser the author of Fast Food Nation (2001) extendsan attack on the impacts of fast food corporations on their society.He identifies that these corporations provide cheap processed foodsat the expense of the health and productivity of worker. Secondly,they commit injustices on the meat processing systems they areentitled to and third, they are reaching out to children throughseeking to supply schools with their products. In his book, Schlosserresonates on the previous analysis done by decentralists of the 1930.He noted that these decentralized blamed industrialism for erosion oftheir pre historic cultures. He further argues that the fast foodcorporation have spread all over the society with identical stores asif to display a self-multiplying code (Schlosser,4).
Globalization,takescredit for the expansion of trade, ease of intercontinental business,research and change of lifestyle. However, the same globalization hassubjected certain communities to social recession. This is becausesocial integration is discarded and social alienation develops. InCalifornia, various strategies have been used to restore ownership ofthe society and developing of local economy. One of this strategiesinvolves the Locavore movement.
Ithas been observed that the society is increasingly consuming fastfoods. The Locavore Movement hopes to promote the consumption oflocally grown and processed foods. This provides the local farmerswith adequate income for the sustainability of their produce. In itsinitial stage the movement demands attention and consumption ofvegetables as compared to the fast foods. However, growing this foodsincur exorbitant costs, high technology equipment and skillfulattention from farmers (Elton,34)
Thismovement may not be quite a restoration towards local products. Asthe Locavores grow in the detail of specification, more technique isrequired. For instance for cheese makers, not only is there demandfor more processing plants but there is demand for animal feeds otherthan corn. Local diet exposes both the consumers and producer to somenew perception. This is because, not all necessary products can beacquired form the local. Such dilemmas go ahead in creating back- to-locality opportunities. A paradigm shift as reported in the dailiesreflected the consumer demand of bread, pasta and beer made fromlocal wheat, a crop which was faced out decades ago (Gustafson,35).
TheLocavoremovement is a medium that depicts an extensive belief that local foodis more environmentally friendly and results in healthier bodies.Hypothetically, the fast foods creates a detachment of humans withnature due to its high carbon content. The resistance to embraceindustrially produced and processed foods aims to combat obesitywhich has become a topic of interest by the public health departmentin the American government. Although organic food require a longduration to produce, they provide the most appropriate alternativefor food consumption. Organic foods on the other hand result inenvironmentally impure human bodies which result to be sites forenvironmental definitions of foods. The social injustice attributedto the inorganic foods is quite detrimental as interpreted by variousauthors who demand for food revolution (Bendrick,45).
Foodconsumers in retaliation have shifted their attention towards healthyfood thus enhancing local consumption. Also, day to day lifestyleshave shifted form the sedentary type to that of involving exercise.The authorities have even provided consumer awareness details onevery product to depict how safe the food is. However, ultimately, itis the sense of social integration and the need for independence thatguides demand for local eating (Schlosser,35).
Problemsin the globalized agro foods have resulted in aggravatedparticipation in the arising concept of food democracy. This iswhere, food is regarded to politically where participation ismandatory. The term food democracy was developed and it hassuccessively developed the understanding of the term to the society.Lang, 2001 argues that food determines the social organization andsocial compositions. He further argues that through food democracy,the citizens can be motivated to actively participate in shaping thedynamics of the foods available other than being passive observers.This means that citizens have the mandate to structure the policiesthat guide agro foods. They also have influence on agro foodpractices in the various levels such as locally, nationally,regionally and globally. Contrary to the economic powers attributedto the agro food industry, the citizens through establishingalternative networks can propel social agency in food democracy. Thiswould instructing methods of production of foods and the consumptionas well (Elton,34).
TheNorth American counties, food security and relevant resources havebeen accorded to the community. This approach represents the fooddemocracy approaches and food citizenship at large. One of the agrofood movements to promote house hold forms of agricultural foodproduction is the Locavore movement. These movements are pivotal inbringing about change in the building of unconventional food regime. These movement have advocated for change in environmental and socialapproaches towards food. They change the perception of food we eatand also enlighten the citizens on the appropriate food commodities(Gustafson,56).
However,there is need to have coalition among the various programmes involvedin the movement. The versatile complementary efforts among theprogrammes would be necessary for sustainability of the changes made.For instance, organizations that provide regulations for processinglocal foods, and those that provide avenues for local food productionshould be in a coalition. This would be great for greater and betterdecision making and legislative purposes. Since these movements aremainly borne on environmental, economics and health aspects all ofthese should be embraced in the operations of the movements.Non-Governmental Organization, World trade organizations have greatinfluence on these movements and therefore should be consulted orintegrated into the movements. This would help in the advocacy powersof the movements thus success in its activities (Bendrick,67).
Inconclusion, globalization and industrialization are strongly rootedin our day to day operation. The need to have instant products havepromoted the rise of inorganic foods. For a community to unveil alocavore movement adequate advocacy should be made to the citizens.Facing out preexisting social structures that govern food may requireinvestment in farming and advocacy. A community needs to determinethe level of its food security before completely going locavore.Locavores would demand that inputs that are considered for localorganic food production should be organic as well. This means, theanimal feeds such as those for cows should be organic so as toguarantee organic production of milk and beef products. The role ofthe local organizations that serve the citizens should be activelyinvolved for sustainability (Elton,45).
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