About the Journal
Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation is the open-access, online journal of the Canadian Association for Food Studies. As diverse and entangled as the subject of food itself, CFS/RCÉA provides a critical resource to those interested in the myriad ways in which humans, food, and the natural and built environments come to construct one another.
The impetus for this themed section came out of the broader reckoning that touched off in the summer of 2020 in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The Canadian Association for Food Studies board, like so many organizations struggling to respond to such brazen violence, released a statement on racialized police violence and systemic racism. In the statement the CAFS board commits to more deliberately centering the work of anti-racism in our association̶ —and this included two shorter-term projects. Curating and publishing an open access resource list on food and racism in so-called Canada, and publishing a themed section on racism in the food system. This last is now available for reading and was edited by Leticia Ama Deawuo and collaborative assistant, Michael Classens.
This issue also contains a Perspective on the complex realities of food in federal prison, Original Research Articles on such topics as diverse as traditional food access in Mi'kma'ki (Nova Scotia), a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Manitoba, dietary messaging in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, and understandings of what it means to be a “good farmer” producing “good food” for communities. Not to mention a Book Review of Rick Blom's Hunger: How food shaped the course of the First World War, and a film review of Suzanne Crocker's First we eat: Food sovereignty north of 60.