define valute-oriented (associative) economics
a sustainable food system is one based on an economic system that privleges values such as environmental sustainability, relationships between farmers and consumers, fairness and equity, and strong communities over the profit motive. Throughout the discussions of the working groups, a pervading and recurrent theme was the need to redirect the economic system to reflect values other than merely the ability to comete in the market with greatest efficiency in order to generate the greatest profit. Participants talked about associative economic systems, which value sustainability, justice, equity, beauty, culture, self-determination, and other ideals. The food system can be a starting point for associative economics, in that it "creates the conditions for alternative and associative economies" by devising many ways for people to have access to food, be it through purchase, trade, barter, or growing ones own.