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Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems

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    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

    Jessica Duncan, Michael Carolan, and Johannes S.C. Wiskerke

    2. A Political Economy for Regenerative Food Systems: Towards an Intergrated Research Agenda  

    Charles. Z. Levkoe, Ana Moragues-Faus, and Jessica Duncan

    3. Indigenous Livelihood

    Angga Dwiartama

    4. Indigenous Good Living Philosophies and Sustainable Food Systems in Aotearoa New Zealand and Peru

    Mariaelena Huambachano

    5. Beyond Culturally-Significant Practices: Decolonizing Ontologies for Regenerative Food-Systems

    Aude Chesnais

    6. Traditional Food, the Right to Food and Sustainable Food Systems

    Alison Blay-Palmer, Andrew Spring, Evelyn R. Nimmo, and André Eduardo Biscaia de Lacerda

    7. Co-Creative Governance of Agroecology

    Lisa Deijl and Jessica Duncan

    8. Justice

    Paul V. Stock and Lukas Szrot

    9. Labor Regeneration: Work, Technology, and Resistance

    Joshua Sbicca

    10. Caring Agricultural and Food Practices

    Jan Hassink, Angela Moriggi, Saverio Senni, Elisabeth Hense, and Dries de Moor

    11. Animal Functionality and Interspecies Relations in Regenerative Agriculture: Considering Necessity and the Possibilities of Non-Violence

    Tony Weis and Rebecca A. Ellis

    12. Linking Small-Scale Fishing and Community Capitals: The Case of Atlantic Cod

    Holly Amos and Megan Bailey

    13. Food and Markets: The Contribution of Economic Sociology

    Sergio Schneider and Abel Cassol

    14. The Symbiotic Food System

    Marc Wegerif

    15. Food Sharing

    Anna Davies

    16. Financing Food System Regeneration? The Potential of Social Finance in the Agrifood Sector

    Phoebe Stephens and Jennifer Clapp

    17. Citizen Entrepreneurship: The Making, and Remaking, of Local Food Entrepreneurs

    Michael Carolan

    18. Coffee Micro-Mills in Costa Rica: a Non-Cooperative Path to Regenerative Agriculture?

    Maria del Milagro Nuñez-Solis, Christopher Rosin, and Nazmun Ratna

    19. Commons and Commoning to Build Ecologically Reparatory Food Systems

    Tomaso Ferrando

    20. Foraging by Foraging: The Role of Wild Products in Shaping New Relations With Nature

    Mikelis Grivins

    21. Social Processes of Sharing and Collecting Seeds as Regenerative Agricultural Practices

    Archana Patnaik, Joost Jongerden

    22. Enabling More Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Nutrition in the Andes: The Relational Bio-Power of "Seeds"

    Patricia Natividad, María Cristina Omonte Ferrufino, María Mayer de Scurrah, and Stephen Sherwood 

    23. Circular Food Economies

    Stefano Pascucci

    24. A Digital "Revolution" in Agriculture? Critically Viewing Digital Innovations Through a Regenerative Food Systems Lens

    Kelly Bronson

    25. From Weekend Farming to Telephone Farming: Digital Food Pathways in Africa

    Joseph Macharia

    26. RuralUrban Linkages

    Michael Woods

    27. Planning Regenerative Working Landscapes

    Cheryl Morse, Caitlin Morgan, and Amy Trubek

    28. Urban Food Planning: A New Frontier for the City and Regenerative Food System Builders

    Rositsa T. Ilieva

    29. Cradle to Cradle: The Role of Food Waste in a Regenerative Food System

    Tammara Soma

    30. Controversies Around Food Security: Something Difficult to Swallow

    Antonio A. R. Ioris


    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.

    "The Routledge Handbook for Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems brings together the different dimensions of food in a comprehensive manner. It provides new insights for regenerating our broken food systems while making clear the role that care, pleasure, cultures, people and the planet play in this. A different way to approach alternative food systems and practices under the regenerative umbrella where sharing, caring and commoning play a central role. Definitely a must read for those willing to imagine thriving food futures."Dr Marta Rivera Ferre, Director, Agroecology and Food Systems Chair, UNESCO Chair Women, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, Catalonia

    "There is an unprecedented consensus that a deep reform of food systems is needed. However, a shared vision on how to get the reform done does not exist yet. This Handbook - providing a coherent set of principles, theory and evidence - addresses this gap. It is an essential resource for researchers, policy makers and civil society to build visions and practices for transition."Professor Gianluca Brunori, Professor of Food Policy, University of Pisa, Italy

    "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. While sustainability involves considerations of social equity, human welfare, intergenerational justice, and the maintenance of a natural resource base, this work pushes beyond the mere maintenance of systems toward building and regenerating ecosystems, communities, and cultures. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals."
    CHOICE, S. P. Duffy, Quinnipiac University

    "Chapters from this book are suitable for undergraduate and graduate audiences and any>one trying to better understand contemporary shifts in ideas for improving food systems. As a whole, the book is an impressive compendium that will help readers understand how the con>cept of regeneration is infiltrating and re-invig>orating thinking about food systems sustain>ability."

    Molly D. Anderson, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development