Journal article

Revealing Materials: plastics in alternative food economies

Catherine Phillips

Australian Geographer | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017


This article draws upon recent geographical work on assemblage to reconsider how we understand alternative food economies. In particular it brings attention to the devices upon which these economies rely—specifically plastics. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastics have developed close and complex relations with our agrifood systems; they facilitate commodity valuation and product circulation worldwide but are also recognised as problematic due to their environmental and human health impacts. Despite this paradox and the attention plastics increasingly receive, we know little of their relations with alternative food initiatives (AFIs). How do plastics inhabit alternative food economies? W..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was received from the Australian Research Council (DP130101249, awarded to Gay Hawkins).