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If Consumers Only Knew: Immigration, "Food, Inc.," and Whiteness in the Local Foods Movement

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The mainstream U.S. environmental movement's easy alignment with white supremacist, nativist discourses (and general avoidance of questions vis-a-vis race) has a long history. But what about that aspect of the larger environmental movement—the “green” eating trend—that has swept the U.S. in recent years in the form of locavore, organic, Fair Trade, free-range, activist foodies who look to Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin for their cues? What do they have to say about immigration? How do they understand free trade agreements like NAFTA in relation to the U.S. food system that they claim is broken? Where do immigrants figure in, if at all? Is the whole commodity chain included in concerns about food? In this paper, I examine the popular documentary "Food, Inc." and its discussion of immigration, race, and consumption. More specifically, I argue that "Food, Inc". purports to expose the conditions behind the U.S. food system, but ultimately makes certain claims regarding consumption that rely on a neoliberal and racialized understanding of consumer citizenship that excludes those who cannot afford to belong.

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Page, Allison. "If Consumers Only Knew: Immigration, "Food, Inc.," and Whiteness in the Local Foods Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA, May 25, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p489072_index.html>

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Page, A. C. , 2011-05-25 "If Consumers Only Knew: Immigration, "Food, Inc.," and Whiteness in the Local Foods Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p489072_index.html

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Abstract: The mainstream U.S. environmental movement's easy alignment with white supremacist, nativist discourses (and general avoidance of questions vis-a-vis race) has a long history. But what about that aspect of the larger environmental movement—the “green” eating trend—that has swept the U.S. in recent years in the form of locavore, organic, Fair Trade, free-range, activist foodies who look to Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin for their cues? What do they have to say about immigration? How do they understand free trade agreements like NAFTA in relation to the U.S. food system that they claim is broken? Where do immigrants figure in, if at all? Is the whole commodity chain included in concerns about food? In this paper, I examine the popular documentary "Food, Inc." and its discussion of immigration, race, and consumption. More specifically, I argue that "Food, Inc". purports to expose the conditions behind the U.S. food system, but ultimately makes certain claims regarding consumption that rely on a neoliberal and racialized understanding of consumer citizenship that excludes those who cannot afford to belong.


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