Sustainable Food Systems

Building a New Paradigm

Edited by Terry Marsden, Adrian Morley

© 2014 – Routledge

240 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

Adrian Morley is Food Smart City Project Manager for Universities West Midlands, Birmingham, UK.

About the Series

Earthscan Food and Agriculture

Earthscan Food and Agriculture
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food and agriculture, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Tim Hardwick, Senior Commissioning Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NATURE / Natural Resources
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science