Educating About/for Food Security Through Environmental Education

An Account of Integration Practices in Teacher Education Programs Across Ontario, Canada

Alishia A. Valeri

A volume in the series: Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society. Editor(s): Brad J. Porfilio, California State University, Stanislaus. Marc Pruyn, Monash University. Derek R. Ford, DePauw University.

In Press 2024

This text is relevant for members of faculties of education such as administers, directors of teacher education programs, teacher educators (for pre-service and/or inservice teachers), and teacher candidates. There is also a potential appeal to professors in higher education institutions as integration practices can be adapted to meet the requirements across disciplines.

K-12 classroom-based teachers may find this text useful as a source for content-based learning either from disciplinary or cross-disciplinary practice as well as individuals serving in an educational capacity in community-based settings, for instance.

Parts of this work have already been presented in both US and Canadian based conferences such as the American Educational Research Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and serve as optimal venues to reach the academic market. Advertising in publications geared towards providing practical articles could also serve a way to reach classroom based and community-based educators.


"Everybody needs to eat! Unfortunately, too many communities live food insecure and to not address this in our education system is a massive problem. Valeri, in the book Educating about/for Food Security through Environmental Education, offers brilliant insight through the study of integrating food security into teacher education. In doing so, Valeri shares the importance of language, and specifically root metaphors, in addressing food security as a deep cultural problem rather than one of natural occurrence and this book highlights generative ways to not only address food security in teacher education, but also to prepare teachers that feel empowered to make very real material changes in their classrooms and communities." — John Lupinacci, Washington State University

"In light of climate change and the impacts it will inevitably have on food production/distribution, "Educating about/for food security through EE" is an important study examining the intersections of teacher education, food security, and sustainability. Examining ways in which educators and researchers ought to integrate food security into classrooms, while also examining the cultural causes of systemic inequity, this book is important for teacher educators who are interested in further incorporating food security and suitability into their classrooms." — Brandon Edwards-Schuth, Oulu, Finland

Abbreviations. CHAPTER 1: Introduction. CHAPTER 2: Understanding Food Security Through EE and Teacher Education. CHAPTER 3: Theorizing How to Integrate the Topic of Food Security in Teacher Education. CHAPTER 4: The Study. CHAPTER 5: Integration Practices on the Topic of Food Security in Select Teacher Education Programs in Ontario. CHAPTER 6: Integration by Way of Perspectives on the Topic of Food Security. CHAPTER 7: Conclusion—What to Do About Integration? About the Author.