Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 171–189 | Cite as

Locating Ecofeminism in Encounters with Food and Place

  • Chaone MalloryEmail author


This article explores the relationship between ecofeminism, food, and the philosophy of place. Using as example my own neighborhood in a racially integrated area of Philadelphia with a thriving local foods movement that nonetheless is nearly exclusively white and in which women are the invisible majority of purchasers, farmers, and preparers, the article examines what ecofeminism contributes to the discussion of racial, gendered, classed discrepancies regarding who does and does not participate in practices of locavorism and the local foods movement more broadly. Ecofeminism, it is argued here, with its focus on the ways that race, class, gender, and place are ontologically entangled, helps to highlight the ways identity and society are made and re-made through our encounters with food.


Ecofeminism Local foods Gender and raced embodiment Co-ops Community Supported Agriculture Philosophy of place 



The author is grateful to the farmers and members of the Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia who reviewed earlier versions of this article, and wishes to thank Sally Scholz for her many helpful editorial suggestions. The author wishes as well to acknowledge the very helpful comments and feedback on oral and written presentations of this paper by of the following members of the Feminist Working Group Initiative: Dana Berthold, Celia Bardwell-Jones, Kimberly Garchar, Rochelle Green, Jennifer McWeeny, Amy Story, Lisa Yount. I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers of an earlier version of this paper for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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