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Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems

ISBN 9781138608047
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
478 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

 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

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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