Creating Rupture Through Policy: Considering the Importance of Ideas in Agri-Food Change

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Rebecca L. Som Castellano explores the question of whether subordinate groups can resist and potentially transform the neoliberal food regime via national policy making. The chapter is a critical reflection on processes by which ideas and coalitions can gain a foothold in policy processes to make a positive difference. In her analysis of the role of agency, she examines the recent case of the integration of farm-to-school (FTS) into the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the United States. Beyond the modest new national policy commitments to local food, the case brings our attention back to the state as a potentially important domain of struggle and innovation in efforts to respond to social problems.

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