Book #4


CALORI Andrea, MAGARINI Andrea (eds), Food and the Cities. Politiche del cibo per città sostenibili, Edizioni Ambiente, 2015.

As of 2008, more than half of the world’s population lives in a city. This is an unprecedented moment in human history, heralding new opportunities with respect to the sustainability of food systems on a local, regional, and global scale. Urbanized areas concentrate the vast majority of food consumption, and it is in cities that the political decision-makers, organizations, and infrastructures that impact global food systems all collide. Food and the Cities recounts the experiences of different cities such as Almere, Amsterdam, Bristol, Ghent, London, Malmö, Milan, Melbourne, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, and dozens of others around the world. Each of them has adopted policies on food-related issues, confronting problems of governance, local production, access, education, reduction of wastes and environmental impacts, and support for the agro-ecosystem, in the process creating more comprehensive urban food strategies.


CALORI Andrea, Food: keystone of cities’ sustainability and resiliency

  • Prologue: cities and an urbanizing world
  • Food as keystone to the sustainability of development
  • The global food economy and the resiliency of local urban ecosystems
  • The green revolution: the agricultural side of world urbanization
  • The connection between urban and rural: a critical juncture for sustainability
  • Urban agriculture: global idea, local examples
  • From practice to policy
  • The turn of the millennium: cities take charge
  • Urban food policies and strategies

CALORI Andrea, MAGARINI Andrea, An overview of urban food policies

  • The paradoxes and urban cultures at the root of policy
  • The subject and content of urban food policies
  • Commonly recurring themes
  • Examples from around the world
  • Studying and assessing cities’ food systems
  • Examples of studies and assessments of urban food systems

CALORI Andrea, Guidelines for governance of urban food systems in sustainable cities

  • What we know and what we’ve learned
  • Food as urban infrastructure
  • Integration and sustainability
  • Urban food needs
  • From needs to policies
  • Articulating systemic knowledge
  • Building shared consensus
  • The public actor
  • Technical assistance
  • New tasks and institutional actors

MAGARINI Andrea, Figures on paradigmatic cases

Urban food policies in the world

  • Bristol
  • Ghent
  • London
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

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