Book #9

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DE ZEEUW Henk, DRECHSEL Pay (eds), Cities and Agriculture: Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems, Routledge, 2015.

As people increasingly migrate to urban settings and more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, it is vital to plan and provide for sustainable and resilient food systems which reflect this challenge. This volume presents experience and evidence-based “state of the art” chapters on the key dimensions of urban food challenges and types of intra- and peri-urban agriculture. 

The book provides urban planners, local policy makers and urban development practitioners with an overview of crucial aspects of urban food systems based on an up to date review of research results and practical experiences in both developed and developing countries. By doing so, the international team of authors provides a balanced textbook for students of the growing number of courses on sustainable agriculture, food and urban studies, as well as a solid basis for well-informed policy making, planning and implementation regarding the development of sustainable, resilient and just urban food systems.

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Book #4

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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. Continue reading