Voices and visuals from the Canadian foodscape


  • Ellen Desjardins University of Waterloo, Canada






Welcome to the inaugural issue of Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation, the open-access, online journal of the Canadian Association for Food Studies/l’Association canadienne des études sur l’alimentation (CAFS/ACÉA). Our journal arrives on the scene in the context of a well-established organization that has, for the past decade, promoted multidisciplinary interaction, debate, and research about food in Canada. The prolific and diverse nature of this food-related research was hailed earlier by Power & Koç (2008) in a guest-edited collection of articles by Canadian scholars to celebrate the founding of CAFS. Indeed, every year since 2006, the CAFS meeting at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences has served as a communal table, laden with a smorgasbord of collaborative and transformational ideas. The feast continues, not just among academic faculty and students, but shared with health professionals, artists, teachers, farmers, fishers, environmentalists, chefs, and colleagues from NGOs, food networks and policy councils. Collectively, these actors form the voices and visuals of the Canadian foodscape. The purpose of our journal is to offer a professional, academic forum for the astonishing breadth and depth of material that they can produce.

Author Biography

Ellen Desjardins, University of Waterloo, Canada

Ellen has had a long career in public health nutrition and healthy food systems in Toronto and Waterloo. With a recent PhD in human geography, she is now a research associate at the University of Waterloo. Her past work included food-related policy and program development at the federal and provincial (Ontario) levels. Co-chairing the Waterloo Food Systems Roundtable, Ellen helped develop a food systems strategy, municipal food policies and a food charter for the Region. She was a founding member of Food Secure Canada and the Canadian Association for Food Studies. Ellen’s research centres on food and place, or how people experience and interact with their food environment.




How to Cite

Desjardins, E. (2014). Voices and visuals from the Canadian foodscape. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 1(1), 1–3. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v1i1.43