Brooklyn's agrarian questions

Evan Weissman

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Throughout the USA, urban agriculture is expanding as a manifestation of an emerging American food politics. Through a case study of Brooklyn, New York, I used mixed qualitative research methods to investigate the political possibilities of urban agriculture for fostering food justice. My findings build on the existing alternative food network (AFN) literature by indicating that problematic contradictions rooted in the neoliberalization of urban agriculture limit the transformative possibilities of farming the city as currently practiced in Brooklyn. I suggest that longstanding agrarian questions - concerns over the relationship between agriculture and capitalism and the politics of small-scale producers - are informative for critical interrogation of urban agriculture as a politicization of food.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages11
JournalRenewable Agriculture and Food Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2 2015


  • agro-food
  • alternative food network
  • food politics
  • neoliberalization
  • urban agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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