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The Curated Food System: A Limiting Aspirational Vision of What Constitutes “Good” Food

Version 1 : Received: 2 July 2020 / Approved: 5 July 2020 / Online: 5 July 2020 (09:13:17 CEST)

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Andress, L.; Byker Shanks, C.; Hardison-Moody, A.; Prewitt, T.E.; Kinder, P.; Haynes-Maslow, L. The Curated Food System: A Limiting Aspirational Vision of What Constitutes “Good” Food. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6157. Andress, L.; Byker Shanks, C.; Hardison-Moody, A.; Prewitt, T.E.; Kinder, P.; Haynes-Maslow, L. The Curated Food System: A Limiting Aspirational Vision of What Constitutes “Good” Food. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6157.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6157
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17176157

Abstract

We seek to elucidate an aspirational vision for the food system and explore whether the characteristics of such a system inadvertently set unattainable standards for rural, low wealth communities. We apply discourse analysis to the following qualitative datasets: (1) interviews with food experts and advocates, (2) scholarly and grey literature, (3) industry websites, and (4) email exchanges between food advocates. The analysis revealed eight aspirational food system discourses: Production, Distribution, and Infrastructure; Healthy, Organic, Local Food; Behavioral Health and Education; Sustainability; Finance and Investment; Huger Relief; Demand Side Preferences; Romanticized, Community Led Transformations. Study findings reveal that of eight discourses only three encompass the experiences of rural, low wealth residents. This aspirational food system may result in the disempowerment of the needs of rural, low wealth groups; a perpetuation of the failure of groups who will be unable to reach the aspirational food vision; silencing of discourses that might question those that play a role in the inequitable distribution of income while sanctioning discourses that focus on personal or community solutions; and the absence of other policy-based solutions that address issues located within the food system. Further research is needed to inform policies and programs to mitigate food insecurity in rural, low wealth populations.

Subject Areas

Rural; Food System; Inequities; Disparities; Food Security

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