Paradoxical Foodscapes and Covid19

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 24
Organizers: Claudia Hirtenfelder, Kimberly Hill-Tout
Chairs: Claudia Hirtenfelder


In the context of Covid-19, human foodscapes in Canada & beyond are undergoing profound changes. These changes are operating at a variety of levels (individual, relational, national, international, and institutional) and through numerous relations (race, gender, labour, multi-species, economic, social, cultural, political). There has also been what appears to be sometimes paradoxical shifts happening simultaneously. For example: the governments calling students to take up agricultural work while at the same time denying migrant workers (who overwhelmingly work in the agricultural sector) fundamental rights to healthcare; or the categorization of meat-packing facilities as essential services due to food shortages, while at the same racialized workers are exposed to higher levels of infection and there are massive killings of pigs and cows; furthermore, while some individuals are turning to localized and/or plant-based diets to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, others are finding their agency and decision-making power further diminished as they increasingly rely on food banks as a result of economic stress. In this panel discussion, we comment broadly on some of the emerging tensions, contradictions, observations, and experiences emerging in food-based responses to Covid-19. We aim to discuss: changing supply and demand, turning to land-based and virtual learning, how food NGOs shifted their strategies, zoonotic discourses, local economy changes from farmers to chefs, the ‘controversial’ knowledge of nutrition, and the multi-species implications of what humans choose to eat. We acknowledge the limitations of food access and production, however, and will also reflect on areas for future exploration.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Claudia Hirtenfelder Queen's University 5 4:40 PM
Panelist Kimberly Hill-Tout 15 4:45 PM
Panelist Kiera McMaster Queen's University 15 5:00 PM
Panelist Meg Herod Queen's University 15 5:15 PM
Panelist Kasmine Forbes Queen's University 15 5:30 PM
Panelist Claudia Hirtenfelder Queen's University 10 5:45 PM

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