Initial assessments of the potential for organic food systems have offered an optimistic interpretation of the progressive political and<br/>ethical characteristics involved. This positive gloss has prompted a stream of critique emphasising the need to explore the ambiguities and<br/>disconnections inherent therein. In this paper, we consider the case of Riverford Organic Vegetables,1 arguably the largest supplier of<br/>organic vegetables in the UK, and suggest that existing debates assume too much about the ‘‘goods’’ and ‘‘rights’’ of organic food and<br/>leave important questions about the spaces and ethics of organic food. We argue that, in the case of Riverford, the space of organic food<br/>production and distribution is neither the small, local, counter-cultural farm nor the large, transnational, corporate firm. Rather,<br/>simultaneously, the spaces of organic food production and distribution are the national network, the regional distribution system and the<br/>local farm. In addition, in the case of Riverford, the ethics of organic food exhibit few grand designs (of environmental sustainability, for<br/>example). Rather, the ethics of organic food are best characterised as: ordinary, since they relate to concerns about taste, value for<br/>money, care within the family and so on; diverse, since multiple practices steer the production and distribution of organic food; and<br/>graspable, in that both vegetables and box have material and symbolic presence for consumers
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