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Images Of Foodscapes: Introduction To Foodscape Studies And Their Application In The Study Of Healthy Eating Out-of-home Environments

Bent Egberg Mikkelsen

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The notion of foodscape is increasingly being used within health promotion, public health nutrition and food studies as a tool to describe our food environments and to assess the potential impact on food choice and food behaviour. This paper takes a closer look at the growing number of foodscape studies (FSS) and traces the origin of the idea of foodscapes. It reflects on the different contributions and discusses the applicability within food research. In particular it discusses how the notion can be applied in the growing number of studies that investigate the role that captive eating out-of-home environments (CEOE) in public welfare systems has on the health of the individual and on the sustainability of the environment. The paper concludes that the idea of foodscapes is a convenient tool that has many applications in food research. The foodscape framework offers obvious advantages in that it enables scholars to analyse how food, places and people are interconnected and how they interact. In particular the paper concludes that the foodscape notion is well suited to the study of foodscapes in CEOEs such as schools, kindergartens and institutions. I finally suggest that such foodscapes can be defined as physical, organizational and sociocultural spaces in which clients/guests encounter meals, food and food-related issues including health messages.