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Food and Sustainability

We study the politics, practice and culture of food.

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About the group

The globalization of food systems creates a wealth of conflicts and paradoxes, ethical considerations and dilemmas both in the Global South and North. We need to understand the complex patterns shaping what we eat, how we eat, who has access to what kind of food, and how food production and consumption shapes both planetary and human health.

By linking production and consumption, environment, health and economy, the participants in this group seeks to unveil the shifting power relations in the food system, and investigate the factors that impact the journey food takes from its production on the farm to peoples’ tables across the world.

Current explanations of food and nutrition security tend to focus either on our food production system or the culture of consumption. The most critical gap in the research on sustainable food systems lies in the lack of comprehensive, inter-relational knowledge along the whole food chain.

We propose that to fully grasp the politics, practices and culture of food we need to explore the entire food chain from farm to fork; globally, nationally and locally.

Research topics

  • Food consumption and practices
  • Food systems of provision and production networks
  • Food cultures
  • Sustainable diets

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Published May 15, 2018 11:57 AM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2021 5:56 PM