Student food literacy, critical food systems pedagogy, and the responsibility of postsecondary institutions
Keywords:Critical food literacy; food systems pedagogy
The recent “pedagogical turn” (Flowers and Swan 2012, p. 424) in food studies has productively focused attention on how to teach for a more just and sustainable food system. So far, however, the question of the place for food literacy in food systems pedagogy has received relatively little attention. In this perspective piece, we argue that critical food literacy needs to be a central feature of food studies curricula. Taking food systems pedagogy seriously means that teachers and institutions need to support students with the elements of critical food literacy. This focus will result in a more robust and effective food systems pedagogy, and higher levels of critical food literacy among students.
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