This volume takes up the pressing issues of justice and responsibility that arise at the intersection of food and agricultural systems, environmental degradation, and global climate change. The diverse contributions examine both the various ways that food and agricultural practices contribute to environmental degradation, especially climate change, and the impact that climate change is having and will have on food and agricultural practices. Central questions include:
- How can the connections between food and agriculture, environmental issues, and climate change best be understood?
- What are the ethical and political responsibilities of various parties in relation to this nexus of problems?
- Whose knowledge, concerns, and voices are, and should be, valued in making global climate policy and agricultural and food policy?
- What are the limitations of existing policies, practices, and theoretical frameworks for understanding and responding to these complex problems?
Introduction / Part I: Theorizing Injustices: Key Concepts and Frameworks / 1. The Intersection of Environmental, Climate, and Food Justice, Joan McGregor / 2. Nobody’s Fault? Structural Injustice, Food, and Climate Change, Teea Kortetmäki / 3. Participation and Food Justice in Light of Global Climate Change, Clement Loo / 4. Thriving in the Desert: Theorizing Food, Justice and Climate Change, Jennifer Szende / Part II: Critique and Construction: Beyond Dominant Frameworks / 5. The Climate of Food: Justice, Truth, and Structural Change, Mary C. Rawlinson / 6. Eating Our Own: Food Insecurity and the Commodity Logic of As Food in the Age of Climate Change, Wendy Lynne Lee / 7. A Feminist Food Justice Reflection on the Politics of Food, Land, and Agriculture in Central America, Gabriela Arguedas-Ramírez / 8. Anita Endrezze’s ‘Corn Mother’: Contested Narratives of Corn, Deborah Adelman and Shamili Ajgaonkar / 9. Balancing Food Security and Ecological Resilience in the Age of the Anthropocene, Samantha Noll / Part III: Responsibility and Social Change / 10. Emerging (Food) Technology as an Environmental and Philosophical Issue in the Era of Climate Change, Paul B. Thompson / 11. Fair Agricultural Innovation for a Changing Climate, Zoë Robaey and Cristian Timmermann / 12. Liberal Political Justice, Food Choice, and Climate Change: Why Justice Demands We Eat Less Meat, Sarah Kenehan / 13. Comparing Apples and Oranges: Ethical Food Choice at the Grocery Store, John Nolt and Annette Mendola / 14. From Food Consumers to Food Citizens: Reconceptualizing Environmentally-Conscious Food Decision-Making, Rachel Ankeny / Bibliography / About the Contributors / Index
This timely and important collection of essays addresses connections between food and agriculture, the environment, and climate change. The essays interrogate the policies and practices that support and sustain the dominant model of food production, offer theoretical analyses of injustices in the global food system, and critique prevailing models of responsibility for change. Food, Environment, and Climate Change is essential reading for anyone interested in food and agriculture.
An important and go-to collection in the rapidly growing field of food and agricultural ethics.
This volume provides a critical analysis of food and agriculture’s impact on the environment and climate change from a justice framework. Each chapter forces us to reconcile how our personal, societal, or legal decisions from farm to table (or landfill) impacts current disparities globally and alter future generations’ ability to feed themselves.
Erinn Gilson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Florida.
Sarah Kenehan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marywood University.