How do we go beyond this critique to cultivate truly just food systems without privileged notions of alterity? How can we envision an alternative food system that engages with a more diverse cast of actors from within the existing food system? What is the impact of state based and corporate resource allocation models at different scales, and what are the opportunities for creating alternatives from within these more entrenched food spaces? How do we transform the food system without reproducing structural inequalities, particularly those borne out of racism, patriarchy, class politics and neocolonialism?
This session aims to foster dialogue on whom the food desert framework has historically served and evaluate its place in local, regional and national food access planning moving forward. While there is surely a continued role for geographers to highlight spatial disparities in the food system, the fix may not always be in the built environment but rather a focus on the component social parts producing the problem. How then do we map and communicate the production of food access problems, highlight programs that are reducing gaps and include alternative strategies that have the potential to disrupt the status quo, all while ensuring we do not reproduce existing food system injustices? How can we capture the complex spatial realities of food access beyond retail foodscapes to include other food access strategies such as charitable foods, self-provisioning, food sharing or the many non-retail based entitlements that support food insecure households (e.g. school meals, senior nutrition programs)?
Born out of crisis 30 years ago, the charitable food network in the United States is an ad hoc food safety net woven out of the gaps left by a receding state and overproduction along agro-industrial supply chains (Poppendieck, 1998). The consumptive routes opened by this vast yet poorly understood food delivery system serve 46 million people every month through 56,000 local charities spread across the country (Coleman and Jensen, 2014). 4.5 billion pounds of food were processed by the Feeding America network of food banks last year, a number that has doubled in less than a decade. Scholarship on the geography of food banking (Henderson, 2004; Warshawsky, 2010; Lindenbaum, 2016) highlights the role of these parastatal institutions in revaluing food waste, yet there are fewer studies on the spatial distribution of the affiliate agencies processing and redistributing this food to consumers across a food bank’s territory.
Katie Cantrell, Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Monday, October 16 Pacific Time, PT Mon, 9 Oct 2017… Read more Webinar: Hidden in Plain Bite
Critical agrifood geographies increasingly use action-oriented research approaches in the study of food systems in order to at once understand, and affect social, political, and environmental dynamics identified as unsustainable or unjust. Broadly, there are many strains of action-oriented research within a web that includes applied research (e.g., agricultural extension; policy research; organizational development studies); action science (Argyris 1995); and critical participatory action research, the latter of which is steeped in more radical social change traditions (e.g., Friere 1993; Du Bois 1898; Torre et al. 2012).
Veganism as an ethics and a practice has a recorded history dating back to Antiquity. Yet, it is only recently that researchers have begun the process of formalising the study of veganism. Scholars who examine this theory and action are usually situated in sociology, history, philosophy, cultural studies or critical animal studies. The centrality and contested nature of place in the actions and discourse of animal rights activists however suggest an inherently spatial praxis.
Join us in learning about UK/USA responses to food insecurity, with two speakers sharing their research into the impact of food charity on how society responds to hunger and poverty (details of speakers below). There will be light refreshments and time for Q+A discussion.
The Food Geographies Working Group (of the RGS-IBG) can now reveal the results of our undergraduate Food Geographies dissertation prize.… Read more Announcing the Winner of Food Geographies Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
by Mustafa Hasanov, Imogen Bellwood Howard & Rebecca Sandover Imagine the following: Tuesday evening, moody Welsh weather, plates on the table are… Read more Report on FGWG Writing retreat in Bangor (Gwynedd)
The RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group organised a Writing Retreat in Bangor (Gwynedd), hosted by School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography… Read more Food Geographies Writing Retreat in Bangor, Wales