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Foodscapes

Food, Space, and Place in a Global Society

Edited By Carlnita P. Greene

Foodscapes explores the nexus of food, drink, space, and place, both locally and globally. Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary in scope, scholars consider the manifold experiences that we have when engaging with food, drink, space, and place. They offer a wide array of theories, methods, and perspectives, which can be used as lenses for analyzing these interconnections, throughout each chapter. Scholars interrogate our practices and behaviors with food within spaces and places, analyze the meanings that we create about these entities, and demonstrate their wider cultural, political, social, economic, and material implications.

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10. #London Vegans (Zachary Hecht)

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10.  #London Vegans

ZACHARY HECHT

The everyday, it seems, conspires against us, or with that part of us that wants to live in an everyday in which objects are mere parts of the world and it all makes a certain kind of sleepy sense.—Joseph Dumit1

As I write this chapter, we find ourselves living in a time widely referred to as the Anthropocene. This is an age in which human actions present a major threat to life on earth and are understood to have already fundamentally altered the geosphere.2 According to numerous studies and reports, one of the biggest contributors to climate change is the livestock industry; it is an industry that, per year, produces greenhouse gases roughly equivalent to those produced by all cars, trains, planes, and ships combined.3 In addition to the environmental degradation caused by the livestock industry, it is, by its very nature, an industry that involves the killing of other species and the suffering of non-human animals. Recently, many multispecies ethnographies have demonstrated the necessity of being mindful of species other than ourselves and cognizant towards the “effects of our entanglements with other kinds of living selves.”4

Veganism is one practice in which problems related to the livestock industry are brought to the fore. It is a practice in which human and non-human animal relations are refigured, and according to numerous scientific and governmental reports, it is the diet...

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