Resourcing an Agroecological Urbanism
Political, Transformational and Territorial Dimensions
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Foregrounding an innovative and radical perspective on food planning, built from the perspective of agroecology, this book makes the case for an agroecological urbanism, an urbanism in which food is a key component in the reinvention of new and just social arrangements and ecological practices.
Building on state of the art and participatory research on farming, urbanism, food policy and advocacy in the field of food system transformation, this book seeks to change the way food planning has been conceptualized to date, and invites the reader to fully embrace the transformative potential of an agroecological perspective. Bringing in dialogue from both the rural and urban, the producer and consumer, this book challenges conventional approaches that see them as separate spheres, whose problems can only be solved by a reconnection. Instead, it makes the case for moving away from a ‘food-in-the-city’ approach towards an ‘urbanism’ perspective, in which the economic and spatial processes that currently drive urbanization will be unpacked and dissected, and new strategies for changing those processes into more equal and just ones are put forward. Drawing on the nascent field of political agroecology this text combines theoretical re-conceptualisations of urbanism in relation to food planning and the emergence of new agrarian questions, critical analysis of experimental methodologies and performing arts for public dialogue, reflexivity and food sovereignty research, experiences of resourceful land management, including urban land use and land tenure change, and theoretical and practical exploration of post-capitalist economics that bring consumers and producers together to make the case for an agroecological urbanism.
Aimed at advanced students and academics in agroecology, sustainable food planning, urban geography, urban planning and critical food studies, this manuscript will also be of interest to professionals and activists working with food systems in both the global North and South.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Embracing political agroecology, transforming sustainable food planning
Chiara Tornaghi and Michiel Dehaene
1. Food as an urban question, and the foundations of a reproductive, agroecological, urbanism
2. Sharing the harvest: Transformative artful and activist methodologies for urban agroecology
E. Von Der Haide, A. M. Orrù, B. Van Dyck, et al.
3. Commons and Commoning for a Just Agroecological Transition: The Importance of Decolonising and Decommodifying our Food Systems
Tomaso Ferrando, Priscilla Claeys, Dagmar Diesner et al.
4. Urban agrarian alliance building in peri-urban Rome: The pivotal role of land access in food system reconfiguration
Luca Colombo, Stefano Grandi and Giacomo Lepri
5. Urban agroforestry as a strategy for aligning agroecology with resilience planning initiatives
Sarah Lovell and John Taylor
6. Soils, Industrialised Cities, and Contaminants: Challenges for an Agroecological Urbanism
Salvatore Engel Di Mauro
7. The potential of bio-intensive market gardening models for a transformative urban agriculture: Adapting SPIN Farming to Brussels
Noémie Maughan, Natalie Pipart, Barbara Van Dyck et al.
8. The transformative potential of agroecological farmers: an analysis of participatory food system strategies in Nicaragua and England
Elise Wach and Santiago Ripoll
9. Conjugating Social and Solidarity Economies in Chiapas, Mexico: Redesigning food systems for economic, social and ecological virtuous circles
10. Peasant Counter-Hegemony towards post-capitalist food sovereignty: Facing Rural and Urban Precarity
Conclusions. The programmatic dimension of an agroecological urbanism
Michiel Dehaene and Chiara Tornaghi
Chiara Tornaghi is Associate Professor in Urban Food Sovereignty and Resilience at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, UK. She has a background in Politics (Lauream, State University of Milan, 2001), and Sociology (PhD, University of Milano Bicocca, 2005) and Planning (PgCert, University of Newcastle, UK, 2006). Since 2016 she has been the elected Chair of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning group.
Michiel Dehaene is Associate Professor in Urbanism at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ghent University where he leads his own research group and teaches courses in urban analysis and design. He holds a master’s degree in engineering-architecture (KULeuven 1994), a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (Harvard University 1996) and a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism (KULeuven 2002). With Chiara Tornaghi he leads the JPI SUGI Urbanising in Place project on the development of an Agroecological Urbanism.