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Has urban foodmaking gotten too trendy?


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Has urban foodmaking gotten too trendy?

AlizaEss | Aug 19, 2010 01:51 PM

I finally signed up for a CHOW account after reading the "City Jam Scam" article.

Lessley Anderson said it all when she wrote, "The urban homesteading movement often has notes of inauthenticity."

I am an urban gardener and foodmaker myself, but I have been reading more and more articles these days about how the movement doesn't fully address the fact that growing and making your own food is more of a luxury these days, and really caters to the upper middle class of society.

Have you noticed these articles too?

Utne also posted an article called "In Praise of Fast Food" ( that talks about how homegrown food was not quite the perfect answer to nutrition or family togetherness that we often claim.

These articles are not going to deter me from continuing to grow and preserve my own food, I am just curious to know if these discussions are going to make the urban food movement stronger, or if it was just a popular fad.

As a side note, I am thinking about writing a longer article about this question. As a newbie writer, I would love suggestions on where to pitch the idea.

Thank you, and look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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