Two cultural Marxists professors from San Diego State University who have no understanding of how standards of living increase in a region and what gentrification means have visited farmers’ markets.
They claim in a new book that farmers’ markets in urban areas are weed-like “white spaces” responsible for oppression, reports The Washington Times.
“Farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized,” Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J Bosco write in an anthology released this month titled “Just Green Enough.”
The geology professors claim that 44 percent of San Diego’s farmers’ markets cater to “households from higher socio-economic backgrounds,” which raises property values and “[displaces] low-income residents and people of color.”
Joassart-Marcelli is the Director of Urban Studies Program at SDSU where, among other courses, she teaches, "Community-based Geographic Research: Food Justice."
From the SDSU facebook page:
[H]er study of food access in San Diego shows that the food desert label stigmatizes low-income communities as unhealthy and devalues the everyday food practices of their residents by normalizing a white suburban food environment centered on large supermarkets and erasing the contributions of small ethnic markets.Bosco conducts a Graduate Seminar: Urban Social Geography.
“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,” they write.
To understand what gentrification is really about, see: What the Gentrification Haters Don't Get.
(ht Felix Bronstein)