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Toolsmith
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New: Environmental Gentrification

So now the local farmer's market is racist...

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10306

And the actual source book:
https://www.routledge.com/Just-Green-Enough-Urban-Development-and-Enviro...

I don't know about your area, but farmer's markets wherever I've lived reflect the tastes of local residents and local farmers. In Fall River, MA - Portuguese fare is often featured... and has been for several generations. In Northern NJ it was often Italian. In Maine it's often reflective of what will grow well in Maine - and what the new Amish farmers grow.

Is it different in CA?

johnw
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It’s an interesting

It’s an interesting assumption that the farmer markets cater to more affluent,interesting that by setting up shop where people will actually buy your products and produce is somehow racist.Buying and preparing fresh vegetables takes time and effort,not as simple as frozen piszza ,Mac and cheese or fast food.
The people I see at local farmers markets and farm stands are there simply to take advantage of others ability to grow fresh food or produce non mass manufactur d goods......Maybe they are a little more health conscious . I wonder if these proponents of this gentrification theory are as concerned with the Nike store in the urban area luring people into buying a 100 dolllar pair of sneakers instead of a bag of fresh veggies....

Toolsmith
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I think they looked at the

I think they looked at the Farmer's Market in their affluent liberal neighborhood and just assumed that all Farmer's Markets are outdoor Whole Foods stores (with super high prices). They certainly haven't been to one around here.

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My hometown has a farmer's

My hometown has a farmer's market that literally *is* an outdoor Whole Foods (before Amazon cut the prices).

It's unclear to me how that marginalizes people, though.

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I reread the article. I think

I reread the article. I think the argument is that farmer's markets make areas "nicer" which attract more wealthy people which push the poor people out.

If anything pushes poor people out, it's tight zoning laws restricting development (aka "slow growth").

Toolsmith
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I think what really bothers

I think what really bothers me is the assumption that this is automatically racism. Nothing is offered to back that up - it's just assumed that trying to make your area nicer is automatically racist.

RACISM in Modern America

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