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Eating Right Here: Moving from Consumer to Food Citizen

2004 Presidential address to the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Hyde Park, New York, June 11, 2004


The term food citizenship is defined as the practice of engaging in food-related behaviors that support, rather than threaten, the development of a democratic, socially and economically just, and environmentally sustainable food system. Ways to practice food citizenship are described and a role for universities in fostering food citizenship is suggested. Finally, four barriers to food citizenship are identified and described: the current food system, federal food and agriculture policy, local and institutional policies, and the culture of professional nutrition organizations.

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Correspondence to Jennifer L. Wilkins.

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Jennifer L. Wilkins is a Senior Extension Associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and currently a Kellogg Food and Society Fellow. Her extension and applied research focuses on community food systems, regional dietary guidance, and farm to school connections.

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Wilkins, J.L. Eating Right Here: Moving from Consumer to Food Citizen. Agric Hum Values 22, 269–273 (2005).

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  • Food citizen
  • Food choice
  • Local food systems
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