Food: Sustainability, Health, Heritage and Tourism
This Arts & Humanities Partnership Catalyst takes the interdisciplinary subject of food and asks how rigorous academic research into food can benefit the wider food and tourism industry within Scotland and further afield. We are interested in the representation of Scottish food, both in history and the present day, and how that influences wider areas like sustainability, tourism, and health. The Catalyst activity will connect researchers with Scottish food providers, heritage organisations and others in the food industry to identify the key challenges in this area, with a view to facilitating new research relationships that improve the quality authenticity of Scottish food culture and its representation to the public.
Explore the blogs below to discover the research, insights and challenges facing the ever-evolving landscape. To get in touch about this Catalyst or any of the content you find in this blog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reflections on Food Consciousness and Japanese Culinary Practice
Mon, 06 Mar 2023 10:33:00 GMT
The workshop explored attitudes towards food consciousness and food waste. A wonderfully reflective, participatory workshop, it introduced the topics of food waste and unhealthy eating as contributors to planetary health.
Food Catalyst: Reflections so Far
Thu, 20 Oct 2022 12:22:00 BST
The pathfinding Catalyst relating to Food illuminated just how provocative and nuanced the topic of Scottish food can be. Rich conversations were had around all angles of food in Scotland – conversations that we hope to turn into fruitful collaborations. On the 27th of October, participants will regroup at the ARC, UofG, to discuss taking forward some of these exciting proposals.
Bringing Everybody’s Wisdom Together
Wed, 07 Sep 2022 12:22:00 BST
The Japanese expression Mottainai, often translated as "what a waste" in English gained an international currency amongst environmentalists who were trying to encourage people to have a more sustainable way of life. It isn’t just about avoiding wastefulness, it is also about showing respect and thinking about how we as human beings can co-live with other forms of being.
Guest blog: The Ministry of Food and Digging for Victory
Fri, 02 Sep 2022 09:58:49 BST
With the current cost of living crisis, how far away are we from the government publishing materials aimed at educating how to eat better and how to 'grow your own'? In our second guest blog in the Food Catalyst, NLS Curator Sarah Thomson takes us back to WWII, Potato Pete, and the 'Dig for Victory' campaign.
Guest Blog: Common Misgivings About Scottish and Irish Food Cultures
Mon, 01 Aug 2022 15:48:00 BST
I’ve encountered claims that Scottish (and Irish) food is plain and simple at best, and unimaginative at worst. However, a cursory search for oats in both Scottish and Irish food literature reveals a multitude of applications and preparations—breads and cakes, fermented liquids, and pottages to name but a few—suggesting the creative manipulation of a staple crop rather than unimaginative resignation to monotony.
Food as a Powerful Cultural Medium
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 15:54:00 BST
Food is a window into the history of trade and politics across nations. The Ark of Taste is one aspect of Slow Food’s work. The project’s aim is to create a demand for “traditional products” from specific regions that struggle to get on the market.
Into History Through Food
Sun, 24 Jul 2022 12:34:00 BST
Food, says Antonia, is a fantastic way to access history in an authentic, engaging way. Because eating, drinking, sleeping, etc. are things that everybody experiences, they can be used as points for connection between visitors and the people who inhabited historical properties in the past.
A Clear Alignment of Culture and Produce
Mon, 18 Jul 2022 13:31:00 BST
France publishes data which shows that 95% of Parisians live within a five-minute walk to a bakery, and this data is intended to show that France is a culinary nation. This correlation between food, culture, and tourism is a vital part of Paris’s appeal. Scotland needs to improve these relationships to improve its tourism.
The Mathematics of Soil
Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:01:00 BST
Intensive farming around the world has short-circuited the nutrient cycle in soil and robbed it of vital energy. This loss of energy in the systems leads to degradation: 40% of the agricultural soils in the world are moderately or severely degraded. If we want to address food and water insecurity, along with the climate, and biodiversity crises that are now playing out, we need to fix soil.
An Interconnected Approach to Food
Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:19:00 BST
At a time where food is becoming more homogenised, one of the challenges to the industry is driving demand for Scottish food, particularly from small producers who will have felt the brunt of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. This is where academic research can play a role.
Bringing Food History onto Today’s Plates
Wed, 08 Jun 2022 10:54:00 BST
Through her research into culinary history and the texts that construct it, Lindsay has established a deep appreciation for the stories woven around food in the past and present, and how they bring people together in surprising ways.
The Importance of Food to Scottish Cultural Heritage, and Beyond
Tue, 31 May 2022 05:35:00 BST
Food has always been important, and it brings together a number of seemingly disparate threads, including health, story telling, cultural identity, sustainability and our understanding of heritage. What are the most important aspects of food to you?