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Geographies of food: an introduction

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This book, published February 2021, uses case studies from across the globe to discuss the future of food. Chapters cover food and place identities, politics of agricultural production, food trade, hunger and malnutrition, food insecurity in rich countries, and future scenarios for sustainable food and farming.

Publisher’s summary

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 Organisation and the strategies of giant American and European agri-businesses whose activities span several continents.

With over 60 colour images and a range of lively pedagogical features, Geographies of Food is essential reading for undergraduates studying food and geography.



Kneafsey, M., Maye, D., Holloway, L. and Goodman, M.K., 2021. Geographies of Food: An Introduction. Bloomsbury Academic, London.


Read more here. See also the Table explainer What is food security?

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