The Handbook of Diverse Economies
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The Handbook of Diverse Economies

Edited by J. K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski

Economic diversity abounds in a more-than-capitalist world, from worker-recuperated cooperatives and anti-mafia social enterprises to caring labour and the work of Earth Others, from fair trade and social procurement to community land trusts, free universities and Islamic finance. The Handbook of Diverse Economies presents research that inventories economic difference as a prelude to building ethical ways of living on our dangerously degraded planet. With contributing authors from twenty countries, it presents new thinking around subjectivity and methodology as strategies for making other worlds possible.
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Chapter 24: Direct food provisioning: collective food procurement

Cristina Grasseni


Direct food provisioning indicates any way of procuring food that does not conform to the ‘norm’ of individuals shopping in supermarkets, whereby consumers are placed at the receiving end of a long, complex, global food chain. This norm is not at all ‘normal’, since it is neither long-established nor sustainable. There are many ways of practising direct food provisioning, including traditional subsistence farming all over the world. Consequently, this chapter challenges the idea that direct food provisioning should be considered per se ‘alternative’ or ‘radical’. Procuring food is a multifaceted social phenomenon that has accompanied the history of the human species and the differentiation of its cultures. In particular, collective food procurement allows reflection on the consequences of globalized food systems vis-à-vis direct food provisioning.

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