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A democratic alternative to true cost pricing

The dollarization of food systems’ externalities carries economic and political risks. Local democratic experiments navigate these risks by embracing both the complexity of valuation and the processes necessary for systemic political change.

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Fig. 1: A sample Good Food Purchasing score card.

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The author is grateful to A. Delwiche for providing insight into the Good Food Purchasing Program and permission to use the graphic in Fig. 1.

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Patel, R. A democratic alternative to true cost pricing. Nat Food 2, 632–634 (2021).

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