The Law and Political Economy of Contemporary Food: Some Reflections on the Local and the Small
45 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2017 Last revised: 8 Mar 2017
Date Written: December 1, 2015
This article argues that contemporary resistance to capital concentration in food markets presents an opportunity to reconstruct legal arguments for economic self-governance — arguments that were once very familiar in American law but have since receded from view. The article combines a legal history of food production in the United States with contemporary examples of food activism in order to illustrate the striking lack of debate about democratizing markets in the legal academy. Unlike food scholars and activists, legal scholars committed to decentralization and democratic decision-making typically advance projects of political democracy defined narrowly to exclude economic life.
Keywords: Economic Democracy, Food Law, Scale, Democratic Experimentalism, Fair Trade, Artisanal Raw-Milk Cheese
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