Introduction to the Special Issue: More Than Value$ in the Food System

  • Daniel Tobin University of Vermont
  • Emily H. Belarmino University of Vermont
  • Jane Kolodinsky University of Vermont
Keywords: Value Chains, Transdisciplinary Research, University of Vermont, Workshop Outcomes, Food System

Abstract

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This special issue draws attention to the diverse values applied to, embedded in, and emerging from food systems. Although scholarship has long rec­ognized that a range of values is at play in food systems—and the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development has been paramount to showcasing this type of research—the dominant perspective continues to elevate a highly central­ized model that prioritizes the values of maximi­za­tion (of yield and profit) above all else. Yield and profit are no doubt important, but the unparalleled emphasis they receive obscures the other important social and environmental values that inform how and why people engage in food systems. As so many food system scholars have previously articu­lated, what we need for relevant, inclusive, and effective policies are accurate representations of food systems and the actors who construct and maintain them. The position of this special issue is that transdisciplinary research is critical to ask and answer questions about values in ways that embrace complexity. . . .

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Author Biographies

Daniel Tobin, University of Vermont

Department of Community Development and Applied Economics

Emily H. Belarmino, University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

Department of Community Development and Applied Economics; and the Center for Rural Studies

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Published
2020-09-21
How to Cite
Tobin, D., Belarmino, E., & Kolodinsky, J. (2020). Introduction to the Special Issue: More Than Value$ in the Food System. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(4), 9–13. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.094.013
Section
More Than Value$ in the Food System Peer-reviewed Papers

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