I am excited to announce that our new Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems will be out soon. The Handbook includes contributions from established and emerging scholars from around...

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This was originally posted on ILEIA's website. It was written by  Stephen SherwoodMyriam Paredes and Alberto Arce who have edited a new book ‘Agriculture, Food, and Social Change: The Everyday Vitality of Latin America’ (UK: Routledge/Earthscan Press). I have co-authored a chapter in this book that I will summarise in a later post.
A great deal of energy has been invested in attempts to influence the thinking in science and government on the problems of industrial food and the benefits of agroecology and food sovereignty. Meanwhile, people everywhere take responsibility for creating the changes they want to see through daily food practices in their families, neighbourhoods and social networks. In addition to organising for ‘resistance’, we call for greater attention to the latent potential in daily living and being, or existence.
A popular ‘trueque’ or barter trade event in northern Ecuador, where people exchange their goods without the use of money. Photo: Colectivo Agroecólogio
We all have a serious problem when people’s most basic activity – eating – undermines their ability to exist. Yet this is precisely what we have achieved with the advent of modern food. Through the pursuit of cheap food as a ‘good’, we have generated a series of unwanted ‘bads’, such as mass destruction of soils and water systems, erosion of agrobiodiversity, and widescale sickness and death by pesticides, not to mention the constitution of two, rampant pandemics: overweight/obesity and global warming/climate change. Fortunately, growing awareness of the contradictions of modern food is sparking lively counter movements. We challenge the widespread preoccupation over how agriculture, food, and development should be. Instead, we focus on how everyday experience in agriculture and food is. The work of social movements in the Americas leads us to call attention to the forces of change in people’s everyday encounters with food – not as characterised in concept, but rather as embodied in practice.

I am very happy to have contributed to a chapter in this exciting new book: Feeding Paradise? Corporeal Food Citizenship in the Galapagos Christine Franke, Jessica Duncan, and Stephen Sherwood Don't forget...

The Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security has just been published. The Handbook was edited by Bill Pritchard, Rodomiro Ortiz and Meera Shekar and includes great contributions. Overview: The concept of food...

Last year I taught in this Summer School and I am excited to be a part of it again this year as we explore how to feed cities. For more information contact: segreteria_dmmt@med.unibs.it...