Food Security in the High North: Contemporary Challenges Across the Circumpolar Region, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Food Security in the High North

Contemporary Challenges Across the Circumpolar Region, 1st Edition

Edited by Kamrul Hossain, Lena Maria Nilsson, Thora Martina Herrmann


344 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the challenges facing food security, sustainability, sovereignty, and supply chains in the Arctic, with a specific focus on Indigenous Peoples.

Offering multidisciplinary insights and with a particular focus on populations in the European High North region, the book highlights the importance of accessible and sustainable traditional foods for the dietary needs of local and Indigenous Peoples. It focuses on foods and natural products that are unique to this region and considers how they play a significant role towards food security and sovereignty. The book captures the tremendous complexity facing populations here as they strive to maintain sustainable food systems – both subsistent and commercial – and regain sovereignty over traditional food production policies. A range of issues are explored including food contamination risks, due to increasing human activities in the region, such as mining, to changing livelihoods and gender roles in the maintenance of traditional food security and sovereignty. The book also considers processing methods that combine indigenous and traditional knowledge to convert the traditional foods, that are harvested and hunted, into local foods.

This book offers a broader understanding of food security and sovereignty and will be of interest to academics, scholars and policy makers working in food studies; geography and environmental studies; agricultural studies; sociology; anthropology; political science; health studies and biology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conceptualizing food (in)security in the High North

Kamrul Hossain, Lena Maria Nilsson & Thora Martina Herrmann

Part 1: Food Security, traditional knowldge and livelihoods

1. The Role of Stockfish in Local Food Security: Traditional Knowledge, Transmission and Change in Lofoten, Norway

Johana Montalvan Castilla

2. Food security and the Sámi traditional knowledge: An assessment of reindeer herding in Finnish Lapland

Assi Harkoma

3. Sami reindeer herders and the radioactive reindeer: food security from different voice

Moeko Minagawa

4. Traditional nutrition of indigenous people in the Arctic zone of Western Siberia: challenges and impact on food security and health promotion

Elena Bogdanova, Andrey Lobanov, Sergei Andronov, Andrei Popov, Ruslan Kochkin & Ildikó Asztalos Morell

5. Dietary issues in contemporary Greenland: dietary patterns, food insecurity and the role of traditional food among the Greenland Inuit in the 21st century

Peter Bjerregaard

Part 2: Multi-disciplinary perspectives on food (in)security

6. ‘Human rights begin with breakfast’: Maintenance of, and access to, stable traditional food system with focus on the European High Arctic

Kamrul Hossain & Noor Jahan Punam

7. Food and Identity in the High European North: Philosophical Reflections on Sami People Food Culture

Corinna Casi

8. Food security in the western sector of the Russian Arctic zone: Current status and ontology-driven information support

Maxim Shishaev, Zhanna Kasparyan &Pavel Lomov

9. Arctic food crisis management

Christer Pursiainen

10. Food security from a food regimes perspective

Victoria Soldevila Lafon

Part 3: Arctic food security keys to the future: strategies to build resilient food regimes and to enhance food security and sovereignty

11. Some reflections on Swedish food strategies from a Sami and an Arctic perspective

Lena Maria Nilsson

12. Bridging Food Security Gaps in the European Arctic region through the ‘Internet of Food’

Dele Raheem, Borja Ramis Ferrer & Jose L. Martinez Lastra

13. Food Security and Fertilizer Supply: The Role of Arctic Deposits

Hinnerk Gnutzmann & Piotr Śpiewanowski

14.Community-led Initiatives as Innovative Responses: Shaping the Future of Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Canada

Thora Martina Herrmann, Philip A. Loring; Tricia Fleming, Shirley Thompson, Annie Lamalice, Marion Macé, Véronique Coxam, Geraldine Laurendeau & Sylvie Blangy

15. Building Traditional Food Knowledge: An approach to Food Security through North-South dialogue

Anna Ouma

About the Editors

Kamrul Hossain is a Research Professor and Director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the University of Lapland. He led several research projects with focus on human rights and human security in the Arctic, and has widely published in these disciplines.

Lena Maria Nilsson is an experienced nutrition epidemiologist with a research focus on traditional Sami food as a determinant of health and on food security in the Arctic. Since 2019, she is the Vice Director at the Centre for Sami Research at Umeå University, Sweden.

Thora Martina Herrmann is a cultural geographer with expertise in action-research projects in polar regions on place-based Indigenous knowledge and identity and the social-cultural dimensions of human-environment interactions. She works in First Nation, Inuit, Mapuce and Sámi contexts. 

About the Series

Routledge Research in Polar Regions

The Routledge series in Polar Regions seeks to include research and policy debates about trends and events taking place in two important world regions, the Arctic and Antarctic. Previously neglected periphery regions, with climate change, resource development, and shifting geopolitics, these regions are becoming increasingly crucial to happenings outside these regions. At the same time, the economies, societies, and natural environments of the Arctic are undergoing rapid change. This new series seeks to draw upon fieldwork, satellite observations, archival studies, and other research methods which inform about crucial developments in the Polar regions. The series is interdisciplinary drawing on the work of anthropologists, geographers, economists, political scientists, botanists, climatologists, GIS and geospatial techniques specialists, oceanographers, earth scientists, biologists, historians, engineers, and many others. Topics within any of these disciplines or multidisciplinary research combining several disciplines are sought. They can focus on one region in the Arctic or Antarctic or all of either Polar region or both. The emphasis in the series is on linking cutting edge research in the Polar regions with the policy implications of the research findings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography