Otago Polytechnic

Nau mai e ka hua e hora nei.
Here are the fruits laid out before us.

This is an opening line of a karakia, an incantation that acknowledges food, the places it comes from and the role it plays in communities.

With hunger on the rise in Africa, Western Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, food insecurity continues to raise uncertainty about food supply and is forcing people to compromise on the quality of the food they consume. It is estimated over 2 billion people do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. In addition, overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions, particularly among school-age children and adults (WHO). The World Health Organisation 2030 zero hunger target will not be achieved unless the recent trend is reversed.

Global warming and related environmental change are contributing to food insecurity. Large-scale, intensive agriculture continues to compromise the integrity and long-term productivity of soils. Industrial food production can have economic, social, and cultural impact on a geographic area.

Indigenous food culture is derived from Indigenous knowledge systems that reflect unique worldviews and therefore has a role to play in the construction of identities and practices. It is incorporated into rituals, has various symbolic roles, and is often regarded as “medicine”. Traditional foods, and the production and transformation systems around them, strengthen a person’s sense of place, identity and connection.

It is suggested that Indigenous food cultures, founded on sustainability and connectivity to land and nature, can contribute to methods of food production that better allow natural resources to be preserved and that protect communities as well as the environment.

Fast food, notoriously poor in nutrition, has been countered by the slow flood movement. Originating in the 1980s, it speaks out against overproduction and food waste, believing that small and local farmers and food producers should be protected from but also included in the global food system.

Networks of food organisations stemming from the slow food movement work to achieve access to good, clean, and fair food for everyone. They call for the preservation of plant varieties and animal breeds and strengthen local culinary cultures by bringing together food producers, consumers, and educators to improve the food system.

Junctures invites submissions from authors on the theme of food, whether from the hard sciences, humanities, visual, social sciences, law, education or medicine. Junctures encourages discussion across boundaries, whether these are disciplinary, geographic, cultural, social or economic. This allows us to highlight the resonances and disturbances of dialogue. With New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Junctures seeks to address the matters which concern us all as we negotiate the contemporary environment. We accept commentaries and interventions that sit outside academia.

Call for Papers: Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue. Expressions of interest open now.

Final deadline for papers: 30 April, 2021 Word limit: 4000 words feature articles, please also enquire about our other formats.

Editor: Ron Bull, Tumuaki Whakaako; junctures@op.ac.nz

Published on 1 Dec 2020

Orderdate: 1 Dec 2020
Expiry: 14 May 2021