Ultimately, the world is socially constructed and often by institutions and traditions that are beyond the forefront of our immediate daily life- world. The need to further sustainability, the climate crisis and interrelated trends towards bio-cultural extinction involve an ecological element ‘but must also be seen as a crisis of consciousness or worldview’ (Blanchard and Higgins-Desbiolles, 2013, p. 43). Climate change is a phenomena stemming in large part from economic globalization that can be seen as a psychic territory (Bodnar, 2008) and therefore cannot be addressed within the current dominant social, political and market-oriented economic logic (Nicholls, 2013). Hence, there is a need to further explore and understand alternate ways of knowing and, specifically, the role that foodscapes and tourism can play in facilitating shifts in understanding sustainability.
The opportunity to observe and validate alternate ways of knowing can help to bring forth a deeper contemplation of our consumptive patterning and connections to place and space. Sensory and visual experiences can occur on farms, with food/plants that may stimulate us out of unreflective rote activity. The transdisciplinary authors discussed in this chapter offer perspectives on how we can reconnect through alternate ways of knowing, specifically in relationship to the energetic and space interaction with farms and food. Depending on the context of these sensory, tactile spaces, visceral, didactic and artistic experiences, different realizations can be understood. As aforementioned, in sustainable polycrop and wild bordering areas, there are opportunities to experience and embody nature in a diversified (and stabilized) foodscape.
Connections to food and sustainable agriculture may be ways to increase individuals’ carbon capability (Hall, 2013a) through increasing the connection of abstract information with embodied knowledge. This chapter discusses understandings in alternate ways of knowing that can result in embodied engagement through cultivating climate consciousness by way of experiences with mindful growing and eating of food and visiting agricultural areas as intentional nature-based experiences. Engagement in foodscapes with experiential and didactical activities provides opportunities for the development of a deeper understanding of external environments and human connections to biological and sociological processes. These system realizations support more abstract concepts, such as the connection of personal action and climate impacts. This chapter interweaves discussions on place-based connections and the development of deeper system awareness through foodscapes as vehicles for alternate ways of knowing.