Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Environment and Society


Ann Laudati


As the local food movement has gained momentum over the past several years, so too has it garnered critiques from academic scholars. This literature review identified academic critiques of the local food movement. These critiques were organized into four general categories. A fifth category, reflexivity, was identified, which functioned as both a critique and a way to address the other four categories of critique. This review paired the four categories of academic critique with ways in which several academic scholars suggested reflexivity could be used to resolve these critiques. This review was designed to give scholars, practitioners, and consumers associated with local food projects a broad overview of academic critiques of the local food movement and the ways in which reflexivity has been suggested as a means to address these critiques.


This work made publicly available electronically on August 24, 2012.