The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities

The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities

by Peter Ladner

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Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic, and health care costs and beset by rising food prices. With only a handful of corporations responsible for the lion’s share of the food on our supermarket shelves, we are incredibly vulnerable to supply chain disruption.

The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. The author draws on his political and business experience to show that we have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that local, fresh sustainable food is affordable and widely available. He describes how cities are bringing food production home by:

*Growing community through neighborhood gardening, cooking, and composting programs
*Rebuilding local food processing, storage, and distribution systems
*Investing in farmers markets and community supported agriculture
*Reducing obesity through local fresh food initiatives in schools, colleges, and universities
*Ending inner-city food deserts

Producing food locally makes people healthier, alleviates poverty, creates jobs, and makes cities safer and more beautiful. The Urban Food Revolution is an essential resource for anyone who has lost confidence in the global industrial food system and wants practical advice on how to join the local food revolution.

Peter Ladner has served two terms as a Vancouver City Councilor. With more than thirty-five years of journalistic experience, he is a frequent speaker on community issues and has a special interest in the intersection of food policy and city planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550924886
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter Ladner has more than 35 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and television and is a frequent speaker on business and community issues. As the publisher and co-founder of Business in Vancouver Media Group, he founded Greenspace Magazine before serving two terms as a Vancouver City Councilor. He is also a director of The Natural Step Canada. As part of his focus on the intersection of food policy and city planning, Peter initiated a program to create 2,010 new food-producing community garden plots to coincide with the 2010 Olympics. A lifelong vegetable gardener, he has replaced his own front lawn in urban Vancouver with a productive food garden.

Table of Contents

Book is about how cities in the developed world can be better planned, zoned, built, expanded, from the point of view of massively increasing local food production, storage, processing and equitable distribution.

Why local food production matters (world food shortages, peak oil, limitations of industrial agriculture, global heating, seafood depletion, urban poverty, healthier/fresher diet…)

Rural/urban land use has to change (suburban sprawl pitfalls, greenbelts, agricultural reserves, urban agriculture, biodiversity squeeze, lawn sprawl)

Best examples of urban and suburban zoning, land use bylaws and other policies that increase food production (community gardens, allotments, rooftops, greenhouse policies, edible landscapes, livestock…)

Increasing food production on peri-urban lands: beyond just protecting farmland (incentives to stimulate food production)

Income generation: Making agricultural urbanism pay (for everyone involved, not just the growers—and still keep food affordable)

Logistical, commercial, social and educational infrastructure for agricultural urbanism (roads, irrigation, warehouses, courses, storage, credit, growers’ co-ops…)

Urban uncontainment: Case studies in blurring the physical urban/rural boundary while protecting farmland and natural habitat (also finding a place for vertical farms, urban livestock, aquaculture)

The new partnerships: Case studies in blurring the cultural rural/urban boundary (community supported agriculture, students in the fields, Slow Food, agri-tourism…)

Engaging the community in who gets to eat (Food banks, community kitchens, institutions with gardens…)

State, federal and international policies that matter (trade agreements, health care cost concerns, food security policies, poverty reduction programs, stemming obesity and diabetes…)

Appendix: Resources
Web links to case studies, regions, NGOs, cities, leaders…
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