In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in local food systems-among policy makers, planners, and public health professionals, as well as environmentalists, community developers, academics, farmers, and ordinary citizens. While most local food systems share common characteristics, the chapters in this book explore the unique challenges and opportunities of local food systems located within mature and/or declining industrial regions. Local food systems have the potential to provide residents with a supply of safe and nutritious food; such systems also have the potential to create much-needed employment opportunities. However, challenges are numerous and include developing local markets of a sufficient scale, adequately matching supply and demand, and meeting the environmental challenges of finding safe growing locations. Interrogating the scale, scope, and economic context of local food systems in aging industrialized cities, this book provides a foundation for the development of new sub-fields in economic, urban, and agricultural geographies that focus on local food systems. The book represents a first attempt to provide a systematic picture of the opportunities and challenges facing the development of local food systems in old industrial regions.
'… a strong contribution to the existing literature regarding local food systems and urban agriculture. I recommend this book for graduate students, academics, professionals, and community organizers interested in gaining knowledge about the interactions between local food systems and old industrial regions.' Agriculture and Human Values 'This book is for those who understand that ideas inform action, and that action informs ideas. Drawing upon diverse approaches, the contributors highlight conditions in specific industrial regions, address how economic theories may help create poverty, and examine "wicked problems" that defy simple solutions.' Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center, Minneapolis, USA
Contents: Foreword; Local food systems and old industrial regions, Neil Reid, Jay D. Gatrell and Paula Ross; A systems modelling framework for the role of agriculture in a sustainable urban ecosystem, Sara Metcalf; Social networks, ecological frameworks, and local economies, Casey Hoy, Steve Bosserman and Ross MacDonald; Extreme environments: urban farming, technological disasters, and a framework for rethinking urban gardening, Erica Giorda; Feeding the hungry: analysis of food insecurity in lower income urban communities, Mahbubur R. Meenar; Benchmarking local food systems in older industrial regions, James T. Hathaway; Urban food deserts: policy issues, access, and planning for a community food system, Jeanette Eckert and Sujata Shetty; Local food systems: the birth of new farmers and the demise of the family farm?, Jill K. Clark, Shoshanah Inwood and Jeff S. Sharp; Defining local food systems, Peleg Kremer, Tracey L. DeLiberty and Yda Schreuder; Urban food production limits and the viability of community gardens: the case of Hartford, Connecticut, C. Patrick Heidkamp, Scott E. Russell and Meghan Sloan; Neoliberalism and local food systems: understanding the narrative of hunger in the United States, Harold Perkins; Planning for sustainable food systems: an analysis of food system assessments from the United States and Canada, Marisol Pierce-Quinonez; Characterization of the built food environment for single parent households in an older industrial city, Lewiston, Maine, David E. Harris, Michelle Vazquez Jacobus, Holly A. Ewing, Sonja K. Pieck, Emily Kane and Janet Whatley Blum; Toward a relational geography of local food systems: or wicked food problems without quick spatial fixes, Neil Reid, Jay D. Gatrell and Paula Ross; Appendices; Index.