While the global food model often sees food traveling great distances, the local food movement signifies an alternate model that aims to connect food producers with consumers in the same geographic region. The panel seeks to explore examples of local food models impacting communities and economies.
As the world continues its shift to a more urban population, challenges concerning food scarcity and depletion of stocks, climate change, and population growth become more apparent and concentrated. While the global food model often sees food traveling great distances before it reaches the consumer, the local food movement ("Locavores") represents an alternative model that aims to connect food producers and food consumers in the same geographic region. The resulting food networks are said to be more self-reliant and resilient, and to foster a stronger relationship between producers, distributers, retailers, and consumers. This panel seeks to explore examples of food models impacting local communities and economies. Possible topics include: local foods, food security, and social justice; local foods and ecological footprints; 'food miles' and 'locavorism' as tropes of ethical living; local food production and models for urban livelihoods; etc. Colleagues interested by these themes are welcome to contact us.