“European Union Food Systems – how Luxembourg can innovate with governance pathways”
30th September 2020
Dr. Rachel Reckinger gave this lecture as part of Professor Dr. Harlan Koff’s course, ‘Regionalisms in World Politics’.
Contemporary food systems in developed countries have proven to be largely unsustainable: apart from providing food security and food safety to their national populations, they entail considerable negative environmental and health externalities, fail to address rural poverty throughout the world and create and foster power imbalances in food chains, and social injustice on different levels. This lecture shares preliminary findings from a systemic analysis of Luxembourg’s transnational food system. I will show how the food system can be envisioned as a dynamic multi-scalar and multi-sited foodscape by drawing from visual tools like infographics, and how these tools can contribute to increase the capacity to grasp and work with food system complexity. I end by discussing potential pathways for enhanced food system resourcefulness – in environmental terms, economical ones and in terms of equity and access to knowledge.