1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food

Edited By Joshua Zeunert, Tim Waterman Copyright 2018
    628 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    626 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a burgeoning interest in, and literature of, both landscape studies and food studies. Landscape describes places as relationships and processes. Landscapes create people’s identities and guide their actions and their preferences, while at the same time are shaped by the actions and forces of people. Food, as currency, medium, and sustenance, is a fundamental part of those landscape relationships.

    This volume brings together over fifty contributors from around the world in forty profoundly interdisciplinary chapters. Chapter authors represent an astonishing range of disciplines, from agronomy, anthropology, archaeology, conservation, countryside management, cultural studies, ecology, ethics, geography, heritage studies, landscape architecture, landscape management and planning, literature, urban design and architecture. Both food studies and landscape studies defy comprehension from the perspective of a single discipline, and thus such a range is both necessary and enriching.

    The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food is intended as a first port of call for scholars and researchers seeking to undertake new work at the many intersections of landscape and food. Each chapter provides an authoritative overview, a broad range of pertinent readings and references, and seeks to identify areas where new research is needed—though these may also be identified in the many fertile areas in which subjects and chapters overlap within the book.


    Tim Waterman and Joshua Zeunert

    Part 1 From hunting and gathering to agriculture

    1 Transformation of the landscape: the relationships between food and land use in prehistoric British and European societies

    Saruhan Mosler and Peter Hobson

    2 The shaping of food landscapes from the Neolithic to Industrial period: changing agro-ecosystems between three agrarian revolutions

    Gunilla A. Olsson

    3 Aboriginal Culture and Food-Landscape Relationships in Australia: Indigenous Knowledge for Country and Landscape

    David S. Jones and Philip A. Clarke

    4 Archaeology, history, and urban food security: integrating cross-cultural and long-term perspectives

    Christian Isendahl and Stephan Barthel

    5 Foraging

    Jeremy Strong

    6 Venison from the Bavarian forests: linking hunters, forest diversity and consumers through regional marketing

    Gerd Lupp, Simon Tangerding and Valerie Kantelberg

    7 Sustaining Russian Old Believers: landscapes of fish and onions in Estonia

    Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Anu Printsmann and Hannes Palang

    8 Food production and the village under state socialism: the Balkan case

    Mirjana Lozanovska and Alexandra Florea

    Part 2 Agricultures

    9 Shifts in agricultural praxis: farm modernisation and global integration

    Anders Wästfelt

    10 Alternative agriculture: innovations for growing and cultivating diverse ways of knowing

    Jonathan Code

    11 Seascapes: food from the marine landscape

    Maggie Roe

    12 Dimensions of urban agriculture

    Joshua Zeunert

    13 Mediterranean urban agriculture

    Tal Alon Mozes and Efrat Eizenberg

    14 Peri-urban food production as means towards urban food security and increased urban resilience

    Gunilla Almered Olsson

    15 Peri-urban agriculture in Australia: pressure on the urban fringe

    Rachel Carey and Sarah James

    Part 3 Ecology, Resources, Sustainability and Climate Change

    16 Challenges in agricultural sustainability and resilience: towards regenerative practice

    Joshua Zeunert

    17 Conservation and ecology

    Gary Austin

    18 Food systems and climate change: impact and adaptation in cropping and livestock

    Afshin Ghahramani and Saman Seneweera

    19 Investing in water management in rural and urban landscapes to achieve and sustain global food security

    Munir A. Hanjra, Dennis Wichelns and Pay Drechsel

    Part 4 Developing Worlds

    20 Food security, landscape, urban change, and poverty in the developing world

    Suzanne Speak

    21 Connecting landscapes and food in Africa: case studies from Ethiopia and Uganda

    Max Kelly and Ruth Jackson

    22 Urban Agriculture in Bogotá´s informal settlements: open space transformation towards productive urban landscapes

    Jaime Hernandez-Garcia and Sandra Caquimbo-Salazar

    23 Rural-urban food and nutrient dynamics and nutrient recovery from waste in developing countries

    Munir A. Hanjra, Mary Lydecker, Pay Drechsel and Johannes Paul

    Part 5 Intellectual, Political and Economic Realms

    24 Ethics of agricultural landscapes and food production

    Isis Brook

    25 The new food insecurity

    Damian Maye

    26 Food-sensitive urban planning: Australian perspectives

    David S. Jones and Beau B. Beza

    27 Food, landscape, and urban design

    Susan Parham and Jacques Abelman

    Part 6 Social Practices and Meanings

    28 Eating the commons landscape: sacrificial food for thought concerning the meaning of landscape

    Kenneth R. Olwig

    29 From the agora to the modern marketplace: food markets as landscapes of business and pleasure

    Susan Parham

    30 Allotments and community gardens: history, culture, and landscape in Britain, North America, and Australia

    Claire Nettle and David Crouch

    31 Food sovereignty

    Max Kelly

    32 Landscape and the politics of food justice

    Megan Blake

    33 Grassroots activism, agroecology, and the food and farming movement: ten years in Bristol’s food story

    Angela E. Raffle and Joy Carey

    Part 7 Food Cultures and Foodways

    34 Taste, foodways, and everyday life

    Tim Waterman

    35 Food and landscape tourism

    Jo Russell-Clarke

    36 Terroir: a socially constructed subterranean landscape gone global

    Zachary Nowak

    37 Using the senses to write food culture and landscape

    Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

    38 Queer space and productive landscapes

    Andrea Bosio

    39 The cultural and spiritual aspects of growing edible plants: testing for meaningfulness in Leeds, UK

    Ann Light and Christina Welch

    40 Utopia landscape food utopia

    Jody Beck


    Joshua Zeunert is Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

    Tim Waterman is Senior Lecturer and Landscape Architecture Theory Coordinator at the University of Greenwich in London.

    "Waterman and Zeunert have edited an exemplary interdisciplinary volume of great topical scope and profound conceptual depth. From landscape to seascape, Neolithic and Aboriginal to modern and globalized, the ecological to the utopian, The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food offers culinary wisdom, sociological analysis and ethical guidance. It is an indispensable book which promises to inaugurate a new epoch of both culinary and landscape studies."

    Allen S. Weiss, author of Zen Landscapes (Reaktion Books) and Feast and Folly (State University of New York Press)


    "In The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, Joshua Zeunert and Tim Waterman present core samples of the many scales and systems engaged by food, food production, and food distribution. Their collection of essays ranges from the broadest historical survey to the focused case study across geographies and cultures, methods, and fields of studies. With an eye to landscape ecology as well as space and urban form, they hopscotch across conservation, economics, geography, gender studies, forestry, and public health. Complementing a long list of literature on urban agriculture and ideals of cultivation, the book also realigns the gravitational pull of the Anglo-American debate to include numerous Australian perspectives. This kaleidoscopic volume will appeal to the curious amateur and offer a starting point for further research to those concerned with the productive landscape."

    Dorothée Imbert, Professor, Hubert C. Schmidt '38 Chair in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Section Head



    "The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food is a timely answer to the growing interest in these subjects. It provides an authoritative and cross-disciplinary overview and stimulating discussions of a broad range of topics related to food and landscape studies and the diversity in concepts and approaches applied therein. The Handbook also discusses the various contexts in which cities, agriculture and landscape are developing and the related challenges. It outlines possible ways to remake foodways, landscapes, cities, and the values we bring to them."

    Ir. Henk de Zeeuw, Founder and former director of the RUAF Foundation, a global partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems.