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Feeding Cities : Improving Local Food Access, Security, and Resilience (Hardcover)

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There is enormous current interest in urban food systems and production, with a wide array of policies and initiatives intended to increase food security, decrease ecological impacts and improve public health. This volume is a cross-disciplinary approach to urban food system sustainability, health, and equity. 

The contributions are from researchers working on social, ecological, political and ethical issues associated with food systems. Its focus is on the analysis of and lessons obtained from specific experiences relevant to local food systems, such as tapping urban farmers markets to address issues of food access and public health, and use of zoning to restrict the density of fast food restaurants with the aim of reducing obesity rates. Other topics considered include building a local food business to address twin problems of economic and nutritional distress, developing ways to reduce food waste and improve food access in poor urban neighborhoods, and asking whether the many, and diverse, hopes for urban agriculture are justified. 

The chapters show that it is critical to conduct research on existing efforts to determine what works and to develop best practices in pursuit of sustainable and socially just urban food systems. The main examples discussed are from the United States, but the issues are applicable internationally.

Number of Pages: 195
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: October 14, 2016
TCIN: 51821733
UPC: 9781138647251
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-8516
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