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Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice$
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Jill Lindsey Harrison

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015981

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015981.001.0001

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The Alternative Agrifood Movement

The Alternative Agrifood Movement

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Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice

Jill Lindsey Harrison

The MIT Press

To address the agrifood system problem of pesticide drift and environmental degradation, countless individuals and organizations have consistently tried to draw attention toward the failures of both industry and the state in this regard. This chapter charts these efforts and analyzes how these activists have tried so far to curb the pesticide drift problem. The author uses the term “alternative agrifood movement” to show the collective efforts made by the pesticide drift activists toward reforming the existing agrifood networks along with building alternative ones. This alternative agrifood movement covers four realms of activism: the farmworker justice movement, antitoxics critics of conventional agriculture, alternative farming organizations, and food reformers.

Keywords:   agrifood system problem, pesticide drift activists, alternative agrifood movement, farmworkers, activism

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