The Lane County Food Policy Council and Re-framing Food Security
Smith, Kara C., 1974-
This study centers on contentions within the U.S. food system. The policy conflict arises between the conventional food system and emerging issues of local food security. The framework of the conventional food system is contested by groups claiming that individual food security would increase if our food system were re-localized and facilitated by a food policy council of local food system stakeholders. Following Benford and Snow (2000), this study investigates the political, cultural and historical contexts of Lane County, Oregon's food system and assesses how food security is re-framed at the local level as community food security. Drawing upon the concepts of "core framing tasks" and discursive and strategic processes, this study illustrates how the flexibility of the community food security frame enables the rebuilding of the local food system, borrowing systems thinking from local watershed councils. Drawing on systems thinking enables a variety of combinable and re-combinable relationships among stakeholders from the diversity of food systems, such as the conventional, sustainable, alternative and emergency food systems.