Geographies of Food

A quote from the beginning of a book called 'Geographies of Food'

There is nothing more geographical than food. Eating connects us to the land, to animals, to technologies and virtual space, to ecological processes, and to other people both near and far, in multiple places and spaces and across multiple scales. It connects us into relationships of power, politics, and identity, questions of agency and structure, relations of inequality and (in)justice, and feelings of despair and hope. 

Biting into an apple, a cassava, or a hamburger might connect you to your own backyard or garden, to a local, outdoor market, a complex refrigerated supply chain, or a landscape thousands of miles away. That same bite might tie you into networks of global food policy, international trade, urban activists working to create “food justice,” farmer-led movements to assert “food sovereignty,” or even to “happy cows” that ate grass and lived on pastures, rather than inside a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) or “factory farm.” 
These food networks can be simple or complex, fair or unequal, “good” or “bad,” local or global—and sometimes many of these things at once.


Image: Alan Parkinson, shared under CC license.