Placing Food


The cornucopia that tempts Torontonians and other global urbanites is distracting us from the serious and growing problem of placeless food. If we look to the most common place of purchase as evidence, we find that for most supermarket shoppers the origin, growing, and production of food are invisible and irrelevant. In most cases, price is the deciding factor in what people will buy. But if we take seriously the intertwined issues of access, nutrition, health, local agriculture, food security for a growing population, and sustainability of the food supply, we ought to be very concerned with the place of food, and its place in our lives.


Lister, Nina Marie. “Placing Food.” in Food, edited by John Knechtel, 149-185. Boston: MIT Press, 2007.


Placing Food