Edible Encounters

April 30th, 2020

Exploring niches of ecological autonomy through a series of food encounters.

Tracing liminal landscapes from St. Louis to Ste. Geneviève

Large scale agriculture is a spatial practice that instills human agency and control onto the earth’s surface. But niches of ecological autonomy still persist between the controlled spaces of industrial monocultures. As Lynn Peemoeller observes, the foraging, preparation, and consumption of soon-to-be-extinct, wild, edible plants can aid their preservation by re-introducing them into our collective cultural memory. Through a series of food encounters along the Mississippi River, the author asks us to recognize the liminal zones of biodiversity that sprout between the spaces of industrial agriculture.