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The growing interest in regionalizing food systems is linked to broader concerns that the conventional agro-industrial food system has not effectively provided a nutritious, sustainable and equitable supply of food to the world's population.
Re-regionalizing the food system?
Betsy Donald, Meric Gertler, Mia Gray, and Linda Lobao
This edition of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society is devoted to examining food system (re)-regionalization—a topic that has exploded in academic and public policy circles over the last 5 years. The growing interest in regionalizing food systems is linked to broader concerns that the conventional agro-industrial food system has not effectively provided a nutritious, sustainable and equitable supply of food to the world's population. Technological innovations have provided cheap food to millions, but there are costs of such a system in terms of soil and water depletion, food safety scares, animal welfare, declining rural communities, rising obesity and diet-related health problems, as well as growing food insecurity. These costs were brought into sharp focus in 2007–2008 when a price ...Full Text http://cjres.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/3/2/171
The region in food—important or irrelevant?
Abstract - There has been an explosion of interest in ‘re-localized’ and ‘re-connected’ modes of food provision, which could provide solutions to the socio-economic and environmental problems associated with food production and consumption. Within this context, this paper aims to critically review the significance of the ‘region’ for debates about future food systems. It identifies three cross-cutting impulses towards the (re)-regionalization of food: re-scaling, re-spacing and re-connection, but stresses that the ways these are played out is contingent on the interplay of diverse social, political and bio-physical processes. The paper concludes by proposing several further research agendas to develop a more rigorous understanding of the potential for regional food networks to address growing demands for the sustainable and fair provision of food. http://cjres.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/3/2/177
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Regionalizing the Food System Nov 2010
report developed by Urban Design Lab (part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University) and
presented at the 2010 NESAWG conference.