Re: Linguistics (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 17:12:07 CST
From: Greg McIsaac <GFM@age2.age.uiuc.edu>
To: sustag@beta.tricity.wsu.edu
Cc: Bruce Gregory <rbgreg@pacificrim.net>
Subject: Re: Linguistics 

On the issue of foodsheds, food circles and food webs, 
Bruce Gregory wrote:

> A better alternative word has been buzzing through my mind of late, most
> often as another description on the "foodshed" idea. How about "foodnet"?
> The growing, transportation on the local, interstate or international scale
> all depend upon a system of networks, (such as the media we are using now. .
> .) Networks of natural systems, human made systems, you get the idea. 
I think "foodnet" would be preferrable to "foodshed" because it  
avoids some international confusions relating to the use of the term 
"watershed."  But I don't think "foodnet" is any better than "food web"  or 
"food system."  Unless there is a new concept that can best be 
distinguished by a new term, I don't see the need for inventing new 
terms to describe old ideas.   As far as I can tell, the concepts discussed 
under the terms "foodshed" or "food circle" can just as easily be discussed 
using the old terms like food web,  food system or food network, while 
applying the adjectives "local,"  "regional" or "global" where appropriate.  

Gregory McIsaac