Students, Sociology

The Elephants in Vancouver’s Sustainable Food Movement

February 04, 2014

From The Georgia Straight, by MA Sociology student Anelyse Weiler

For many self-identified foodies, addressing whiteness and class in Vancouver’s local food movement is about as comfortable as owning up to silent public flatulence.

Unlike the proverbial gassy elephant in the room, this sensitive matter probably won’t dissipate unless we call out the issue more candidly. Nor is it as straightforward as pegging foodie endeavours as racist and elitist.

That would ignore the long history of many people of colour, indigenous movements, as well as economically marginalized folks who have worked to create a food system that better meets everyone’s needs.