Geographies of Food An Introduction

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Food is pivotal to the human experience. Its production and preparation occupies the waking hours of millions of people, and structures the domestic spaces and routines of everyday life. Around the world, from local community groups to inter-governmental summits, people are discussing the future of food in the face of threats from climate change, population growth and natural resource depletion.

This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary geographies of food. It begins by exploring the relationship between food, place and space and then examines the contemporary food 'crisis' in all its dimensions, as well as the many solutions which are currently being proposed.

Drawing on international case studies, this text examines the complex relationships operating between people and processes at a range of geographical scales, from the shopping decisions of a mother in a British supermarket, to the crop choices made by a farmer in West Africa; from high-level political negotiations at the World Trade Organization, to the strategies of giant agri-businesses whose activities span several continents.

Including a range of lively pedagogical features and case studies, this textbook is accompanied by a companion website with additional teaching and learning resources.

Author Biography

Moya Kneafsey is a Reader in Human Geography and teaches agro-food geographies and global sustainability at Coventry University, UK.

Damian Maye i
s a Senior Research Fellow at the Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of the West of England, UK.

Lewis Holloway is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Hull, UK.

Mike Goodman is Senior Lecturer in Geography at King's College London, UK.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Part One: Food, Place and Space
2 Food and Place
3 Where does Food Come From? Geographies of Agricultural Productivity and Trade
4 What happens to food? Geographies of Mobility and Transformation
5 Spaces and Cultures of Consumption

Part Two: Food and Farming in Crisis
6 Food Systems in Crisis? The new food insecurity
7 Agriculture, Poverty and Development
8 Food Crisis amongst the Wealthy

Part Three: Sustainability and Reconnecting with Food
9 Reconnecting Consumers, Producers and Food
10 Fair Trade, Food Rights and Food Sovereignty
11 Farming in the city urban spaces of food production
12 Towards Sustainable Agriculture?

Part Four: Future Food and Conclusions
13 Future Scenarios for Food and Farming
14 Conclusions and Reflections on food geographies

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