Food for the Future: Stories from the Alternative Agro-food Movement is about different foods, the stories they contain, and most of all the people in the stories. John Brueggemann interviewed dozens of farmers, chefs, non-profit managers, consumers, teachers, and healthcare providers. He argues that their individual stories point towards larger patterns that have shaped the alternative agro-food movement, and that other factors, including the environmental movement, farms, lifestyle movements, and consumers have all played a crucial role in its rise. The author concludes that the alternative agro-food movement is providing a countervailing force relative to mainstream market culture, and that instead of efficiency, profit, consumption, individualism and short-term thinking, the alternative agro-food movement emphasizes meaning, need, creation, community, and long-term thinking.
John Brueggemann is professor and chair in the Department of Sociology at Skidmore College.
Chapter 1: Moral Foundations and Market Culture
Chapter 2: The Ugly Story of the American Food System
Chapter 3: Grounding
Chapter 4: Extraction
Chapter 5: Processing
Chapter 6: Distribution
Chapter 7: Consumption
Chapter 8: Stewardship
Chapter 9: Communication
Chapter 10: Patterns Among Engaged Sustainers
Chapter 11: Social Sources of Engagement
Chapter 12: So What?
Appendix A: Methods and Data
Appendix B: Central Cast of Characters
Appendix C: Glossary
About the Author
“In this wonderfully rendered account of how ordinary people are working to change our food and agricultural systems — from production to consumption and everything in between — John Brueggemann does the invaluable service of giving eaters the conceptual and practical tools they need to play their roles in building healthy lands and communities. Food for the Future is indispensable reading for precisely this moment in time.”