Eating Outside the Box: FoodShare’s Good Food Box and the Challenge of Scale

Abstract:

FoodShare Toronto’s good food box (GFB) program, engages people in the politics of their everyday lives, empowering them to make connections between consumption patterns and broader political-economic, cultural, and political-ecological issues. Community food security (CFS) projects such as the GFB are currently limited in their scope and reach and have been criticized for their inability to deliver food to a larger segment of marginalized, hungry people. A central dilemma for CFS projects is how to engage the majority of urban consumers who still eat ‘‘inside the box’’ of the industrial food system. We argue that the concept of scale helps clarify how CFS projects must ‘‘scale out’’ to other localities, as well as ‘‘scale up’’ to address structural concerns like state capacity, industrial agriculture, and unequal distribution of wealth.

Citation:

Josée Johnston and Lauren Baker. “Eating Outside the Box: FoodShare’s Good Food Box and the Challenge of Scale” Agriculture and Human Values 22(2005):313-325.

Link:

Eating Outside the Box: FoodShare’s Good Food Box and the Challenge of Scale