Program

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships , Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

Project

Plates unknown: encounters with the borders of the edible, 1850-1930

Project

Diet for a Warm Planet: Debating the Future Map of Food

Department

Geography

Location

For residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study during academic year 2011-2012

Plates unknown: encounters with the borders of the edible, 1850-1930

Diet for a Warm Planet: Debating the Future Map of Food

As concerns about global warming fuel calls to “eat local,” food miles have become a popular metric of dietary virtue. At the same time, scientific critiques of food miles have fueled controversy over exactly how to calculate and regulate food’s overall carbon footprint. This project explores how debates over the future map of food supply are also struggles over the knowledge used to draw it. Combining multisite ethnography, qualitative media analysis, and historical research, it examines how certain geographic measures of food sustainability have come to seem natural and commonsensical.