1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems

    478 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    478 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook includes contributions from established and emerging scholars from around the world and draws on multiple approaches and subjects to explore the socio-economic, cultural, ecological, institutional, legal, and policy aspects of regenerative food practices.

    The future of food is uncertain. We are facing an overwhelming number of interconnected and complex challenges related to the ways we grow, distribute, access, eat, and dispose of food. Yet, there are stories of hope and opportunities for radical change towards food systems that enhance the ability of living things to co-evolve. Given this, activities and imaginaries looking to improve, rather than just sustain, communities and ecosystems are needed, as are fresh perspectives and new terminology. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems addresses this need. The chapters cover diverse practices, geographies, scales, and entry-points. They focus not only on the core requirements to deliver sustainable agriculture and food supply, but go beyond this to think about how these can also actively participate with social-ecological systems. The book is presented in an accessible way, with reflection questions meant to spark discussion and debate on how to transition to safe, just, and healthy food systems. Taken together, the chapters in this handbook highlight the consequences of current food practices and showcase the multiple ways that people are doing food differently.

    The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems is essential reading for students and scholars interested in food systems, governance and practices, agroecology, rural sociology, and socio-environmental studies.

     1. Regenerating Food Systems: A Social-Ecological Approach  2. A Political Economy for Regenerative Food Systems: Towards an Intergrated Research Agenda 3. Indigenous Livelihood  4. Indigenous Good Living Philosophies and Sustainable Food Systems in Aotearoa New Zealand and Peru  5. Beyond Culturally-Significant Practices: Decolonizing Ontologies for Regenerative Food-Systems  6. Traditional Food, the Right to Food, and Sustainable Food Systems  7. Co-Creative Governance of Agroecology  8. Justice  9. Labor Regeneration: Work, Technology, and Resistance  10. Caring Agricultural and Food Practices  11. Animal Functionality and Interspecies Relations in Regenerative Agriculture: Considering Necessity and the Possibilities of Non-Violence  12. Linking Small-Scale Fishing and Community Capitals: The Case of Atlantic Cod  13. Food and Markets: The Contribution of Economic Sociology  14. The Symbiotic Food System  15. Food Sharing  16. Financing Food System Regeneration? The Potential of Social Finance in the Agrifood Sector  17. Citizen Entrepreneurship: The Making, and Remaking, of Local Food Entrepreneurs  18. Coffee Micro-Mills in Costa Rica: a Non-Cooperative Path to Regenerative Agriculture?  19. Commons and Commoning to Build Ecologically Reparatory Food Systems  20. Foraging by Foraging: The Role of Wild Products in Shaping New Relations With Nature  21. Social Processes of Sharing and Collecting Seeds as Regenerative Agricultural Practices  22. Enabling More Regenerative Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition in the Andes: The Relational Bio-Power of "Seeds"  23. Circular Food Economies  24. A Digital "Revolution" in Agriculture? Critically Viewing Digital Innovations Through a Regenerative Food Systems Lens  25. From Weekend Farming to Telephone Farming: Digital Food Pathways in Africa  26. Rural–Urban Linkages  27. Planning Regenerative Working Landscapes  28. Urban Food Planning: A New Frontier for the City and Regenerative Food System Builders  29. Cradle to Cradle: The Role of Food Waste in a Regenerative Food System  30. Controversies Around Food Security: Something Difficult to Swallow


    Jessica Duncan is an Associate Professor in the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

    Michael Carolan is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, USA.

    Johannes S.C. Wiskerke is Professor and Chair of the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

    "This comprehensive volume includes the voices of nearly 50 global scholars, researchers, and thought leaders in fields as diverse as agriculture, political ecology, nutrition, human geography, and development. It offers a broad view of this multidimensional field of study while building the paradigm for studying systems that are sustainable and regenerative.[...]Each contribution comes with discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and extensive references."

    -S. P. Duffy, Quinnipiac University, CHOICE