Re-localising the global?: – how the new interest in local school foodscapes is challenging global food chains

Bent Egberg Mikkelsen (Foredragsholder)

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragForedrag og præsentationer i privat eller offentlig virksomhed


Abstract: Increasing urbanization and the use of technology affects the connectedness of young people to nature. Globalisation increasingly challenges the connection between children and the food production. Although young people are able to relate to global warming and its impact on the dynamics of nature, they have largely lost awareness of nature nearby. Moreover, global supply chains and the place-less-ness of modern food systems means less knowledge about the origin of food and agricultural production. This paper takes the school and its food practices as a point of departure and investigates how the emerging new interest in promotion of locally connected school foodscapes is challenging the sourcing of food through globalized  food chains. It looks at the School food revolution and re-orientation of school meal programs across the world and gives an account of the increasing tensions between local and global sourcing regimes in the food system. It looks at how this tension relates to school food practices and present an overview of recent school centred approaches to challenge the role of global food chains. It discusses the segregation and distancing that in late modern society has occurred in children and young people's relationship to nature and food production. It aims at contributing to a new "place-making" which unfolds in and around the school and the surrounding food and agricultural land.

Periode20 maj 2015
PlaceringRio de Janeiro, Brasilien