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Governing plant-centred eating at the urban scale in the UK: The Sustainable Food Cities network and the reframing of dietary biopower

Morris, Carol; Kaljonen, Minna; Hadley Kershaw, Eleanor

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Minna Kaljonen

Eleanor Hadley Kershaw



Abstract

Recent years have seen an increase in actions to address a key feature of food in the Anthropocene: the over-production and consumption of animal-based foods or “animalisation” of diets. However, it is unclear whether such efforts can be understood as a coherent institutional level response that will challenge hegemonic dietary biopower, a regime of governance that normalises and reproduces animal-based food consumption. Building on scholarship that explores food governance initiatives in urban contexts and dietary biopower across a range of empirical cases, this paper explores whether, how, and with what consequences governance actors within urban food partnerships (UFPs) of the UK Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) network are working to reframe dietary biopower so that humans are disciplined to eat less animal-based food and instead to adopt a more plant-centred diet. Document analysis and semi-structured interviews with SFC representatives suggest the breadth and depth of current UFP actions do not add up to a sustained challenge to hegemonic, animal-based dietary biopower. Rather, they reveal a plant-centred dietary biopolitical project in the making, while specific cases suggest that this project is more accurately conceptualised as arrested due to the pursuit of food system actions that are counter to and in tension with the promotion of plant-centred eating. We suggest that a more coherent reframing of dietary biopower would entail urban food governance actors engaging consistently and robustly with the debates surrounding animal-based foods, as well as identifying and enacting synergies between plant-centred eating, food poverty, and local economic development agendas.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 9, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2021
Publication Date Jun 22, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2023
Journal The Geographical Journal
Print ISSN 0016-7398
Electronic ISSN 1475-4959
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 188
Issue 3
Article Number 358-369
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12388
Keywords Earth-Surface Processes; Geography, Planning and Development
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5385220
Publisher URL https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geoj.12388
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Morris, C., Kaljonen, M., & Kershaw, E. H. (2021). Governing plant-centred eating at the urban scale in the UK: The Sustainable Food Cities network and the reframing of dietary biopower. Geographical Journal, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12388. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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