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Taking food and agriculture studies to the streets: community engagement, working across disciplines, and community change

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  • Daniel Block


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    One of the most attractive aspects of food and agricultural studies for scholars is the level of public interest in the subjects of our research. Such interest means that food and agriculture scholars often become public scholars, asked to comment on issues of great interest to the public. In addition, food and agriculture scholars often have the opportunity to partner more directly with community organizations to perform community-based research. Such studies take many forms, but community members often take a lead role, helping plan the study as well as participate in data collection and analysis. Community based research may be very rewarding, but scholars involved in such research need to deal with a lack of control that inevitably goes along with it. This article gives examples of such research and discusses the public role of food and agriculture studies in general, in particular highlighting what can be learned from public responses to a 2009 shortage of Eggo waffles. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

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    Article provided by Springer & The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS) in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 519-524

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:27:y:2010:i:4:p:519-524
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-010-9296-4
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    1. Daniel Block & Michael Thompson & Jill Euken & Toni Liquori & Frank Fear & Sherill Baldwin, 2008. "Engagement for transformation: Value webs for local food system development," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 25(3), pages 379-388, September.
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