Congratulations to our colleagues Andrea Brower and Ferne Edwards on the publication of their respective books.
Andrea Brower’s Seeds of Occupation, Seeds of Possibility examines the “the social and historical conditions by which the chemical-seed oligopoly came to occupy the most geographically isolated islands in the world and made the soils of Hawaiʻi the epicenter of agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology testing” (West Virginia University Press). The book is available as a paperback or eBook.
Ferne Edwards’ Food Resistance Movements: Journeying Through Alternative Food Networks traces her research on food waste (Australia), the food sovereignty movement (Venezuela), and autonomous food spaces (Catalonia), with reflections on urban food system transitions, over almost two decades now as one book. She has dedicated this book to Jane Dixon, her PhD supervisor and friend, and Paul Martin, a close friend who introduced her to dumpster diving and food activism in general. The book is available as a hardcover or eBook.
Congratulations to all those involved in the new open access book Beyond Global Food Supply Chains: Crisis, Disruption, Regeneration.
Edited by Victoria Stead and Melinda Hinkson, the collection takes the upheaval of the pandemic as a springboard from which to interrogate a larger set of structural, environmental and political fault lines running through the global food system. In a context in which disruptions to the production, distribution and consumption of food are figured as exceptions to the smooth, just-in-time efficiencies of global supply chains, the essays examine the pandemic not simply as a particular and acute moment of disruption but rather as a lens on a deeper, longer set of structural processes within which disruption is endemic.
The thirteen chapters offer short, sharp interventions that track disruptive forces & political possibilities at key points along the global food supply chain – and, critically, beyond it. They traverse subjects ranging from agri-investment to corporate and alternative food production systems, labour relations, pandemic supermarkets, logistics systems, the politics of hunger, the limits of consumer ethics, and the possibilities of supply chain disruptions as moments of reprieve. They offer rich, generative reflections on the contemporary global food system, and would also be very well suited to being used as teaching resources.
- Introduction: Beyond global supply chains by Melinda Hinkson and Victoria Stead
- Supply chains as disruption by Lauren Rickards and Melinda Hinkson
- Agri-investment cashing in on COVID-19 by Sarah Sippel
- Putting the crisis to work by Victoria Stead and Kirstie Petrou
- Going against the grain in the West Australian wheatbelt by Kelly Donati
- Reviving community agrarianism in post-socialist China by Daren Shi-Chi-Leung
- Fantasies of logistics in Aotearoa New Zealand by Matthew Henry and Carolyn Morris
- Reproducing hunger in pandemic America by Maggie Dickinson
- The pandemic supermarket by David Boarder Giles
- Disruption as reprieve? by Jon Altman and Francis Markham
- The UN Food Systems Summit: Disaster capitalism and the future of food by Tomaso Ferrando
- Against consumer ethics by Christopher Mayes and Angie Sassano
- Afterword: Temporary measures by Alex Blanchette
The book is available free to download here.