Individual Paper: Foodsharing, prefiguration and politics of degrowth
Foodsharing.de is a food rescue and redistribution initiative that aims to reduce food waste. One of the main activities of foodsharing.de is to pick up food at supermarkets or other food producers or distributors and make it available to others via publicly available food storage points. Moreover, activists can place surplus food in these public food storage points. This paper explores the prefigurative politics of foodsharing activists. Prefigurative politics can be understood as embodied dispositions towards the micro-politics enacted in everyday practices. Hence, the practices of preventing food waste can be understood as prefiguration. We understand prefiguration not necessarily limited to traditional social and protest movements aiming for political change with street protest and protest activity, but understand prefiguration as practices of lifestyle politics supporting desired futures. Consequently, this paper empirically describes diverse perspectives of a performed future envisioned by practices of activists involved in foodsharing.de. This future is described as one without food waste, motivated by the awareness of social, environmental and economic consequences of wasting food but also extending to a future in which people can live well, e.g. without money, and in which everyone can access healthy and sustainable food. In order to achieve this future, the collaboration of various stakeholders in alternative and diverse food economies is supported. Prefiguration in foodsharing.de is then a set of ideas with the aim for (social) change, seeking for alternatives in social and lifestyle movements, as to promote and prefigure the utopia. Prefigurative politics is subsequently a vision of community fridge activists that extents to the politics of degrowth by politicizing food practices and promoting alternatives to consumer capitalism.
Start time: 11:15
Room: Nöjesteatern (Theater)
Track: Politics of Degrowth