Practices, Flows and Networks: Towards Understanding Sustainable Global Food Provision
Environmental networks and flows build on material flows studied in environmental sciences but combines this with notions of non-material flows and social networks from sociology. This framework has already been applied to study global food flows but does not include consumption. Social practices, on the other hand, constitute a framework to study routinized activities such as consumption and by taking material aspects and dynamics into consideration this approach may generate a better understanding of environmental issues in everyday behaviour. Social practices are however rather time and place-bounded concepts.
On the basis of existing literature this paper analyses the conceptual frameworks and ways to integrate them to assess possibilities for analysing environmentally relevant global and local dynamics in contemporary food provision. This conceptual framework is illustrated with case-studies on palm oil and seafood.