Borders Out of Register

Edge Effects in the U.S.–Mexico Foodshed

Laurel Bellante, Gary P Nabhan

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Abstract

This paper addresses how food systems and transboundary food supply chains are mediated and shaped by (cross-) cultural and geopolitical borders that function as selective filters. We focus on the ways in which the political boundary in a formerly cohesive foodshed generates “edge effects” that affect (1) food safety, and (2) food waste, particularly in desert communities adjacent to the U.S.–Mexico border. We hypothesize that as these various boundary lines get “out of register” with one another, their dissonance creates both unexpected impacts as well as opportunities for positive change. This initial analysis demonstrates how multiple (and often permeable) social, economic, and ecological edges intersect with food supply chain vulnerabilities and economic opportunities at the border. Drawing on examples from food safety and food waste surrounding the “Ambos Nogales” port of entry on the Arizona-Sonora border, we document the ways in which the border produces ecological and social edge effects that are dissonant with the official legal boundary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-112
Number of pages9
JournalCulture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Keywords

  • food access disparities
  • food aid
  • food safety
  • food waste
  • transnational foodsheds
  • U.S.–Mexico border

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Borders Out of Register : Edge Effects in the U.S.–Mexico Foodshed. / Bellante, Laurel; Nabhan, Gary P.

In: Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Vol. 38, No. 2, 01.12.2016, p. 104-112.

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