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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865716834
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.72(d)

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

Preface
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.

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

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

Chapter
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…)

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

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

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

Chapter
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)

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

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

Chapter
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…
Index
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