1st Edition

Imagining Sustainable Food Systems
Theory and Practice

Edited By

Alison Blay-Palmer

ISBN 9781138246874
Published September 30, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

What defines a sustainable food system? How can it be more inclusive? How do local and global scales interact and how does power flow within food systems? How to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to realizing sustainable food systems? And how to activate change? These questions are considered by EU and North American academics and practitioners in this book. Using a wide range of case studies, it provides a critical overview, showing how and where theory and practice can converge to produce more sustainable food systems.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part 1 Interrogating Sustainable Food Systems: Imagining sustainable food systems, Alison Blay-Palmer; Conceptualizing and creating sustainable food systems: how interdisciplinarity can help, Clare Hinrichs; Sustainability: a tool for food system reform?, Mustafa Koc. Part 2 Inclusion and Exclusion in Sustainable Food Systems: Greening the realm: sustainable food chains and the public plate, Kevin Morgan; Thinking about labour in alternative food systems, Yael Levitte; The urban food desert: spatial inequality or opportunity for change?, Ellen Desjardins. Part 3 The Case for Sustainable Food Systems: Food systems planning and sustainable cities and regions: the role of the firm in sustainable food capitalism, Betsy Donald; The nexus between alternative food systems and entrepreneurism: three local stories, Hélène St. Jacques; Scaling up: bringing public institutions and food service corporations into the project for a local, sustainable food system in Ontario, Harriet Friedmann; Food policy encounters of a 3rd kind: how the Toronto Food Policy Council socializes for sustain-ability, Wayne Roberts; Food insecurity in the land of plenty: the Windermere valley paradox, Alison Bell; Imagining sustainable food systems: the path to regenerative food systems, Alison Blay-Palmer and Mustafa Koc; Index.

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Alison Blay-Palmer, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada


'This book makes an important contribution to the literature on alternative food systems. It moves beyond enumerating the problems with the current food system (including problems with alternative food strategies) and begins to build ideas of what a sustainable food system might include. In particular, the focus on particular strategies, policies, and business arrangements that could be part of a sustainable food system makes this book a must-read for those interested in developing a sustainable future.' Sarah Wakefield, University of Toronto, Canada 'Imagining Sustainable Food Systems is a thought-provoking collection of articles...Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals/practitioners, and policy makers.' Choice