New Books in Food Studies from Canadian-based Authors

On the lookout for some light (just kidding – it’s academic writing!) summer reading? Check out these 4 new titles:

  • Food Bank Nations – Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food. In the world’s most affluent and food secure societies, why is it now publicly acceptable to feed donated surplus food, dependent on corporate food waste, to millions of hungry people?
    • By Graham Riches (University of British Columbia)


  • Public Policies for Food Sovereignty – Social Movements and the State. While the literature on food sovereignty continues to grow in volume and complexity, there are a number of key questions that need to be examined more deeply. These relate specifically to the processes and consequences of seeking to institutionalize food sovereignty: What dimensions of food sovereignty are addressed in public policies and which are left out? What are the tensions, losses and gains for social movements engaging with sub-national and national governments? How can local governments be leveraged to build autonomous spaces against state and corporate power?
    • Edited by Annette Aurelie Desmarais (University of Manitoba), Priscilla Claeys and Amy Trauger


  • Sustainable Food Futures – Multidisciplinary Solutions. Complete with recipes, this book is structured so that readers are taken in a logical progression through discussions of solutions, highlighting the need to recognise the importance of place and the importance of participation, and to challenge dominant descriptions of markets, through to re-designing food systems.
    • Edited by Jessica Duncan and Megan Bailey (Dalhousie University)


  • Food and Nutrition Security in Southern African Cities. This book shows that current efforts to address food poverty in Africa that focus entirely on small-scale farmers, to the exclusion of broader socio-economic and infrastructural approaches, are misplaced and will remain largely ineffective in ameliorating food and nutrition insecurity for the majority of Africans.
    • Edited by Bruce Frayne (University of Waterloo), Jonathan Crush and  Cameron McCordic