Professors Say Farmers’ Markets Sustain ‘Whiteness’

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
Font Size:

Two geology professors are targeting farmers’ markets for sustaining alleged white privilege.

Pascale Jossart-Marcella and Fernando J. Bosco from San Diego State University are suggesting that introducing rural-style agricultural boutiques into an urban setting is  nothing more than a nefarious attempt to maintain oppressive “white spaces” and marginalize “people of color.”

The arguments were published in an academic anthology out this month entitled “Just Green Enough.” Campus Reform first reported Wednesday on the professors’ attempt to find a relationship between the “whiteness of farmers’ markets” and upscale living.

“Farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized,” the professors maintain, claiming that the food stalls do business with “households from higher social-economic backgrounds.” As a result, “low-income residents and people of color” are somehow excluded.

It’s all about exclusion, according to the authors.

“The most insidious part of this gentrification process is that alternative food initiatives work against the community activists and residents who first mobilized to fight environmental injustices and provide these amenities but have significantly less political and economic clout than developers and real estate professionals.”

Follow David on Twitter