In April 2021, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we four participated in a panel discussing Canada’s paradoxical foodscapes.1 Our ideas about what constitutes food security and the populations with which it is concerned varied considerably. However, by presenting our ideas parallel to one another, we felt we were perhaps able to garner a deeper, somewhat more complex picture about what constitutes food security. We discussed how food security and justice are ideas and practices that stretch beyond “having enough food” but also entail considering how such food is produced and accessed. Each of us has slightly different orientations and commitments to food security and justice. In this article we hope to present those orientations as concerns that must be considered in conversation with each other. Underlying our thinking are questions related to who gets to eat, what is eaten, and where and how it is eaten. By...
Who Eats, Where, What, and How? COVID-19, Food Security, and Canadian Foodscapes
Kimberly Hill-Tout is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on the political economies of meal kit delivery programs and how they are framed as “environmental culinary interventions.” Her scholarly interest is in reimagining food procurement at all scales.
Claudia Hirtenfelder is the host of the Animal Turn Podcast and a PhD candidate in geography and planning at Queen’s University. Her work is focused on urban cow histories and geographies, with a specific interest in how cows came to be removed from Kingston, Ontario. She has interests in the economic and ethical entanglements of “agricultural animals” in social and food practices.
Kiera McMaster is a master's candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. Her research looks at the food insecurity interventions on university campuses through a feminist ethics of care framework. She is a white settler with Irish and English ancestry.
Megan Herod is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. She was a community engagement and food policy planner in Vancouver, BC, particularly for their COVID-19 response to city-wide food insecurity. Her work includes collaborating with nonprofit and charitable organizations to support food programming.
Kimberly Hill-Tout, Claudia Hirtenfelder, Kiera E. B. McMaster, Megan Herod; Who Eats, Where, What, and How? COVID-19, Food Security, and Canadian Foodscapes. Gastronomica 1 February 2022; 22 (1): 11–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2022.22.1.11
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