Publication Date

5-23-2013

Advisor(s)

Lori Gruen

Major

College of Social Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Why have modern food movements become so popular? Are they due to an absolute shortage of food on the one hand, and an elitist obsession with local and organic foods on the other? Or are they, as this thesis argues, a collective consequence of the inappropriate commodification of food resources, the result of the distributive, procedural, and recognitional injustice that it produces. To make this claim, I examine various political and legal philosophers' theories of commodification and justice, and apply their frameworks to make the case that food has become inappropriately commodified. This thesis concludes that it is this inappropriate commodification of food against which modern food movements protest.

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