Skip to main content
Reparation Ecologies: Regimes of Repair in Populist Agroecology
Annals of the American Association of Geographers (2019)
  • K. Valentine Cadieux, Hamline University
  • Stephen Carpenter
  • Alex Liebman
  • Renata Blumberg, Montclair State University
  • Bhaskar Upadhyay, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Amidst the backdrop of attention to populism in general, it is instructive to understand populism through
social movements focused on food and agriculture. Agrarian populism is particularly salient in agrifood
movements. Agroecology has been widely identified as a domain of populist claims on environmental and
social governance surrounding agricultural-ecological and political-economic systems. As authoritarian
populist leaders gain power throughout the world at a time of expanding economic globalization and
contingent socio-ecological crises, contests over populism in agrifood regimes can highlight current
dynamics relevant for formative evaluation of alternative political agroecology strategies, and of populist
environmental governance more broadly. Can populism be harnessed by radical political agroecologies to
simultaneously contest the hydra-headed nature of capitalism, authoritarianism, and pollution, and
implement forms of environmental governance based on repair? We argue that populist agroecology has
untapped potential for repair, and that the mechanism of focusing social movements on repair may help
address some of the more problematic authoritarian tendencies of populism.
  • agroecology,
  • populism,
  • emancipatory rural politics,
  • food movement,
  • agrofood activism
Publication Date
Spring March, 2019
Citation Information
K. Valentine Cadieux, Stephen Carpenter, Alex Liebman, Renata Blumberg, et al.. "Reparation Ecologies: Regimes of Repair in Populist Agroecology" Annals of the American Association of Geographers Vol. 109 Iss. 2 (2019)
Available at: