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Geographies of Food

Geographies of Food

Publisher Berg
Year 01/02/2021
Edition First
Pages 368
Version paperback
Readership level College/higher education
Language English
ISBN 9780857854582
Categories Food & society, Geopolitics, Food manufacturing & related industries, Human geography, The environment, Sustainable agriculture
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What is the future of food in light of growing threats from the climate emergency and natural resource depletion, as well as economic and social inequality? This textbook engages with this question, and considers the complex relationships between food, place, and space, providing students with an introduction to the contemporary and future geographies of food and the powerful role that food plays in our everyday lives. Geographies of Food explores contemporary food issues and crises in all their dimensions, as well as the many solutions currently being proposed. Drawing on global case studies from the Majority and Minority Worlds, it analyses the complex relationships operating between people and processes at a range of geographical scales, from the shopping decisions of consumers in a British or US supermarket, to food insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa, to the high-level political negotiations at the World Trade Organization and the strategies of giant American and European agri-businesses whose activities span several continents. With over 60 color images and a range of lively pedagogical features, Geographies of Food is essential reading for undergraduates studying food and geography. With growing scholarly and societal interest in the challenges confronting current and future food systems, there is an urgent need for a wide-ranging introduction to the issues at hand. This authoritative and accessible book offers students and practitioners alike the tools to develop a 'geographical imagination' about food. Essential reading. * David M. Evans, Professor of Organization and Sustainability, University of Bristol, UK * Written in a lively, accessible style and packed with goodness, Geographies of Food collects important issues and talks them through in a clear and engaging way. The book reflects the best scholarship in the field right now. An essential teaching and learning resource. * David Bell, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Leeds, UK *

Geographies of Food

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Part 1: The Place of Food

Chapter 1: Introducing Geographies of Food
1.1 Introduction
1.2 What are food geographies?
1.2.1 Multiple food meanings
1.2.2 Food, place, space and scale
1.2.3 Mobilities and transformation: power and control
1.3 Geographical imaginations and food's geographies
1.4 Structure of the book

Chapter 2: Food and Place Identity
2.1 Introduction
2.2Making food and making places: landscapes, nations and labour
2.3 Moving food and making places: placing and displacing
2.3.1 Placing food: the case of 'terroir'
2.3.2 Displacing and placing food: migrant cuisines
2.3.3 Placing diets
2.4 Summary
2.5 Further reading

Part 2: Geographies of Food Production, Transformation and Consumption

Chapter 3: Geographies and Politics of Agricultural Production
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Geographies of food production: a global perspective
3.2.1 A global typology of primary food production systems
3.2.2 Overcoming the land-bias: the role of fisheries and marine management
3.2.3 Back to the land: global levels of food production
3.2.4 Geographical distribution of agricultural land
3.3 Agro-food commodity chains: product sector geographies
3.3.1 Cereals production
3.3.2 Fruit and vegetables
3.3.3 Meat and the changing chicken
3.3.4 Spatial concentration, newly agriculturalising economies and relational assemblages
3.4 Producing food in the city: urban agriculture
3.5 Agricultural policy: political geographies of food production
3.5.1 The US Farm Bill
3.5.2 The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
3.5.3 Comparing the US Farm Bill and the CAP
3.6 Summary
3.7 Further reading

Chapter 4: What Happens to Food: Geographies of Mobility and Transformation
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Mobility and transformations: geographies and relationships
4.3 Transforming agriculture and food under capitalism: the agrarian question
4.4 Liberalising food mobility: global trade policy and global food regimes
4.5 Government intervention, global food governance and free trade
4.5.1 From protectionism to free trade
4.5.2 Trading blocs and subsidy debates
4.5.3 Anti-politics and trade disputes
4.6 Global food trading: mobilising High Value Foods (HVFs)
4.7 'Big Food': transforming and industrialising food
4.8 Working in farming and food processing: the human cost
4.9 Wasting food in industrialised food systems
4.10 Summary
4.11 Further reading

Chapter 5: Eating Geographies: The Spaces and Cultures of Food Consumption
5.1 Int

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