This book brings together a unique collection of chapters to facilitate a broad discussion on food education that will stimulate readers to think about key policies, recent research, curriculum positions and how to engage with key stakeholders about the future of food.

Food education has gained much attention because the challenges that influence food availability and eating in schools also extend beyond the school gate. Accordingly, this book establishes evidence-based arguments that recognise the many facets of food education, and reveal how learning through a futures' lens and joined-up thinking is critical for shaping intergenerational fairness concerning food futures in education and society. This book is distinctive through its multidisciplinary collection of chapters on food education with a particular focus on the Global North, with case studies from England, Australia, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America, Canada and Germany. With a focus on three key themes and a rigorous food futures framework, the book is structured into three sections: (i) food education, pedagogy and curriculum (ii) knowledge and skill diversity associated with food and health learning (iii) food education inclusivity, culture and agency. Overall, this volume extends and challenges current research and theory in the area of food education and food pedagogy and offers insight and tangible benefits for the future development of food education policies and curricula.

This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, policymakers and education leaders working on food education and pedagogy, food policy, health and diet and the sociology of food.


  1. Introduction: Food futures in education
    Gurpinder Singh Lalli, Angela Turner and Marion Rutland

  3. School mealtime as a pedagogical event
    Kristiina Janhonen and Gurpinder Singh Lalli
  4. Healthy Lifestyles Project: A food programme for primary schools
  5. Suzanne Gomersall

  6. Food technology as a subject to be taught in secondary schools – a discussion of content, relevance, and pedagogy
  7. Hilda Ruth Beaumont

  8. Learning from the True School Food Experts: An Ethnographic Investigation of Middle School Students During School Lunch
  9. Emily Elenio and Morgan Hoke

  10. The role of educational spaces for supporting healthy eating in children and young people
  11. Marie Murphy and Miranda Pallan

  12. Learning from Food Education in Home Economics Policy in Ireland
  13. Amanda McCloat and Martin Caraher

  14. Food Technology and 21st century learning
  15. Deborah Trevallion


  16. Food waste issues of universal infant free school meals in south-east England schools: A cautionary tale
  17. Mark Stein, Vale Penny Beauchamp, Yiannis Polychronakis

  18. Belonging, Identity, Inclusion, and Togetherness: the lesser-known nutritional benefits of food for children and adolescence

    Kelly-Ann Allen, Deana Leahy, Lefteris Patlamazoglou, Clarrie Bristow, Caomhan McGlinchey, Christopher Boyle
  19. Is the ability to cook enough to foster good eating habits in the future? Investigating key influences that impact adolescent food choices

    Donna Owen

  21. Dealing with divergent food futures on social media platforms: on the significant role of food and media literacy among adolescent users

    Tina Bartelme
  22. Food Poverty and in how it affects children’s educational attainment

    Ruth Seabrook and Marion Rutland
  23. School food lifeworlds: Children’s relational experience of school food and its importance in their early primary school years

    Marianne O’Kane Boal
  24. Rethinking children’s spatial agency during school mealtime interactions

    Samantha Stone and Kyoko Murakami
  25. Food pathways to community success

    Lynda Korimboccus
  26. Food pathways to community success

    Rounaq Nayak
  27. Health co-benefits pedagogy in school food environments: Tapping on the synergy between nutritious and environmentally friendly food consumption

    Neha Lalchandani, Danielle Proud and Suzanne Suggs
  28. Exploring Intersectional Feminist Food Pedagogies through the Recipe Exchange Project

    Barbara Parker

  30. Conclusion: Food futures in education and society

    Angela Turner, Marion Rutland and Gurpinder Singh Lalli