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About this book
About this book
Contemporary agriculture and food systems face a number of serious social and environmental challenges. Food insecurity is of particular concern, and the world faces the sad irony of food shortages in the global South alongside a purported `obesity epidemic' in the global North. The twin issues of food production and food access are of particular concern in the context of climate change and predicted fuel shortages.
In this book, international scholars offer critical insights into these challenges, with chapters on a variety of topics, including global food security, supermarket power, new technologies, and sustainability. They also assess the contributions of diet and nutrition research in building socially just and environmentally sustainable food systems and provide policy recommendations to improve the health and environmental status of contemporary agri-food systems.
Contributions are from a range of social science perspectives, including sociology, anthropology, public health and geography, with case study material drawn from throughout the world.
1. Introduction: Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability in a Globalized World Part 1: Global Food Security 2. Breadbasket Contradictions: The Unstable Bounty of Industrial Agriculture in the United States and Canada 3. Security for Whom? Changing Discourses on Food in Europe in Times of a Global Food Crisis 4. The Re-emergence of National Food Security on the United Kingdom's Strategic Policy Agenda: Sustainability Challenges and the Politics of Food Supply 5. Neoliberalism and Food Vulnerability: The Stakes for the South 6. Energy Security, Agriculture and Food Part 2: Food Systems, Diet and Nutrition 7. Unequal Food Systems, Unhealthy Diets 8. Explaining Patterns of Convenience Food Consumption 9. Public Health and Moral Panic: Sociological Perspectives on the 'Epidemic of Obesity' 10. The Food Regulatory System - Is it Protecting Public Health and Safety? 11. The 'Wellness' Phenomenon: Implications for Global Agri-food Systems 12. Supermarkets, Food Systems and Public Health: Facing the Challenges Part 3: Towards a Sustainable Agri-food Future 13. Bodies, Bugs and Dirt: Sustainability Re-imagined in Community Gardens 14. Biofuels: Finding a Sustainable Balance for Food and Energy 15. Examining the Mythologies of Organics: Moving Beyond the Organic/Conventional Binary? 16. Nanotechnology and the Techno-corporate Agri-food Paradigm 17. Conclusion: Drawing Evidence from the Food System for Future Policy
Geoffrey Lawrence is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Australia. Kristen Lyons is Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Griffith University, Australia. Tabatha Wallington is an Affiliate Lecturer in the School of Social Science, University of Queensland.
320 pages, Photos
'A timely and important book addressing one of the world's greatest challenges - how to ensure everyone can eat well and healthily, and at the same time not destroy the planet. Through this clear and cogent collection, Geoffrey Lawrence and co-editors set out pathways for better futures. We can only hope that food, agricultural and public health institutions will listen carefully.' Professor Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, UK 'In this first-rate book, academics and activists from around the world take on the full breadth of the food crisis in a series of challenging and insightful essays. Every discipline - from political economy to ecology to cultural anthropology to nutrition to science and technology studies - is represented in an anthology that doesn't simply diagnose the problem, but critically examines the solutions offered by governments, corporations and consumer groups. Ideas in these pages will be vital if we are to develop truly sustainable solutions to global hunger, obesity, and climate change.' Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System