Eat Local, Taste Global: How Ethnocultural Food Reaches Our Tables (Paperback)

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Eat Local, Taste Global: How Ethnocultural Food Reaches Our Tables (Paperback)


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Eat Local, Taste Global: How Ethno-Cultural Foods Reach Our Table shows how the demand for ethno-cultural vegetables on the part of Toronto's South Asian, Chinese, and Afro-Caribbean Canadians is at odds with the corporate food regime. How does that regime affect the local food movement and ethnic groups' access to their preferred foods? This book addresses that question and suggests that the protection of ethnic and national food security and sovereignty strengthens immigrant integration while producing healthy crossover effects for other Canadians.

The authors show how culture, food, and migration are intertwined and how access to ethno-cultural vegetables is affected by ethnicity, social class, shopping venues, and food prices. Most ethnic vegetables are imported by corporations and ethnic intermediaries and pass through Toronto's Food Terminal; however, local farmers are now producing some of these vegetables, and alternative forms of agriculture and markets play a significant role in bringing ethno-cultural vegetables to our tables.

Social justice requires that people have both food security and food sovereignty. Eat Local, Taste Global offers solutions to identified contradictions that include making farmers' markets more inclusive, improving conditions for migrant farm workers, and making alternative forms of agriculture more feasible. This book will be of interest to rural sociologist and political scientists as well as policy-makers, food activists, farmers, and food security organizations.

Glen C. Filson is Professor Emeritus in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. He is the editor of Agriculture and Environmental Security in Southern Ontario's Watersheds (2011) and Intensive Agriculture and Sustainability: A Farming Systems Analysis (2004) as well as numerous refereed journal articles on such issues as environmental management.
Product Details ISBN: 9781771123136
ISBN-10: 1771123133
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication Date: October 26th, 2017
Pages: 280
Language: English