Hampshire Political Writing Workshop

By Jaime Hamre

Organic, fair trade, locally-produced, all natural, cage free, cruelty free, eco-friendly. An elaborate array of labels and certifications yanks at the conscience of the American consumer at the grocery store, attempting to convince them that by buying certain products over others, they can do their part to create a more equitable food system. The idea of the “Green Economy” is to address the environmental and social problems within the food system by creating a more “ethical” economic market alternative to the mainstream corporate market.

While the Green Economy has made some important gains in enlightening consumers to many issues, the creed of “voting with your fork” – of buying change – is inherently undemocratic, distracting the consumer from taking aim at the deeper issues at the root of our broken food system and reinforcing divisions of race and class.

Participation in the Green Economy “is about how…

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  1. hcpoliticalwriting
    February 24, 2013 at 2:28 am
  2. February 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I always knew my skepticism of simply “organic” foods was justified. Not saying there’s anything wrong with buying organic / local food, but it simply does not approach the root of our food security problem. This is a great summation of the real problem – disparity in food access and production.

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