October 2016 is a milestone in the history of street vending in New York City. On October 13th, Council Member Mark Levine announced the introduction of the Street Vending Modernization Act and on October 26th, hundreds of street vending advocates testified at the City Hall Hearing in favor of the Act. As its name suggests, the SVMA will tackle the outdated and problematic practices both street vendors and New York City have been struggling with for decades.
This Spring, two big food studies conferences took place, the first organized by the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation in Tours (France), the second organized by the University of Toronto Culinaria Research Centre in Toronto (Canada) in name of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), and the Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS). This post compares the themes and approaches presented at both conferences.