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Food Security in the High North
Contemporary Challenges Across the Circumpolar Region

ISBN 9781138370067
Published September 10, 2020 by Routledge
336 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Part 1: Food Security, Traditional Knowledge and Livelihoods

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

Johana Evelyn Montalvan Castilla

2. Traditional Reindeer Rangeland Management and a (Human) Rights-Based Approach to Food Sovereignty

Assi Harkoma and Bruce C. Forbes

3. Sami Reindeer Herders and the Radioactive Reindeer: Food Security from Different Voice

Moeko Minagawa

4. Traditional Nutrition of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic Zone of Western Siberia: Challenges and Impact on Food Security and Health

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

5. Dietary Issues in Contemporary Greenland: Dietary Patterns, Food Insecurity, and the Role of Traditional Food Among Greenlandic Inuit in the Twenty-First Century

Peter Bjerregaard, Ingelise Olesen, Tine Curtis, and Christina V.L. Larsen

Part 2: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Food (In)Security

6. Human Rights Begin with Breakfast: Maintenance of and Access to Stable Traditional Food Systems with a Focus on the European High Arctic

Kamrul Hossain and Noor Jahan Punam

7. Sami Identity and Traditional Livelihood Practices: From Non-Indigenous to Indigenous Food Frameworks

Corinna Casi

8. Food Security Management in the Western Russian Arctic Zone: Current Status and Information Support Issues

Maxim Shishaev, Zhanna Kasparyan and Pavel Lomov

9. Arctic Food Crisis Management

Christer Pursiainen

10. Food Security from a Food Regimes Perspective

Victòria Soldevila Lafon

Part 3: Arctic Food Security Keys to the Future

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 High North Through the Internet of Food

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

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

Hinnerk Gnutzmann and 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, and Sylvie Blangy

15. Building Traditional Food Knowledge: An Approach to Food Security Through North-South Dialogue

Anne Ouma

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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 a focus on human rights and human security in the Arctic, and has widely published in these disciplines.

Lena Maria Nilsson is an experienced nutritional 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.