1st Edition

Sustainable Food Systems Building a New Paradigm

Edited By Terry Marsden, Adrian Morley Copyright 2014
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In response to the challenges of a growing population and food security, there is an urgent need to construct a new agri-food sustainability paradigm. This book brings together an integrated range of key social science insights exploring the contributions and interventions necessary to build this framework. Building on over ten years of ESRC funded theoretical and empirical research centered at BRASS, it focuses upon the key social, economic and political drivers for creating a more sustainable food system. 

    Themes include: 

    • regulation and governance
    • sustainable supply chains
    • public procurement
    • sustainable spatial strategies associated with rural restructuring and re-calibrated urbanised food systems
      minimising bio-security risk and animal welfare burdens.

    The book critically explores the linkages between social science research and the evolving food security problems facing the world at a critical juncture in the debates associated with not only food quality, but also its provenance, vulnerability and the inherent unsustainability of current systems of production and consumption. Each chapter examines how the links between research, practice and policy can begin to contribute to more sustainable, resilient and justly distributive food systems which would be better equipped to ‘feed the world’ by 2050.

    1. Current Food Questions and their Scholarly Challenges: Creating and Framing a Sustainable Food Paradigm

    Terry Marsden & Adrian Morley

    2. Food Futures: Framing the Crisis

    Adrian Morley, Jesse McEntee & Terry Marsden

    3. European Food Governance: The Contrary Influences of Market Liberalization and Agricultural Exceptionalism

    Bob Lee

    4. The Public Plate: Harnessing the Power of Purchase

    Kevin Morgan & Adrian Morley

    5. Sustainable Food Supply Chains: The Dynamics for Change

    Andrew Flynn & Kate Bailey

    6. Biosecurity and the Bioeconomy: The Case of Disease Regulation in the UK & New Zealand

    Gareth Enticott

    7. Improving Animal Welfare in Europe: Cases of Comparative Bio-sustainabilities

    Mara Miele & John Lever

    8. Exploring the New Rural-urban Interface: Community Food Practice, Land Access and Farmer Entrepreneurialism

    Alex Franklin & Selyf Morgan

    9. The "New Frontier"? Urban Strategies for Food Security and Sustainability

    Roberta Sonnino & Jessica Jane Spayde

    10. Conclusions: Building the Food Sustainability Paradigm: Research Needs, Complexities, Opportunities

    Terry Marsden


    Terry Marsden is Director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society (BRASS), Cardiff University, UK.