Wednesday June 21st was the release of Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways, a volume that builds on existing alternative food initiatives and food movements research to explore how a systems approach can bring about health and well-being through enhanced collaboration. It includes chapters by current and former GFC team members: Jill Clark, Caitlin Marquis, Subhashni Raj, and Samina Raja. Two chapters from the team feature a case study of Buffalo-Erie metropolitan area, NY and a case study of Franklin County, Ohio.
Chapters describe the myriad ways community-driven actors work to foster food systems that are socially just, embed food in local economies, regenerate the environment and actively engage citizens. Drawing on case studies, interviews and Participatory Action Research projects, the editors share the stories behind community-driven efforts to develop sustainable food systems, and present a critical assessment of both the tensions and the achievements of these initiatives.
The volume is unique in its focus on approaches and methodologies that both support and recognize the value of community-based practices. Throughout the book the editors identify success stories, challenges and opportunities that link practitioner experience to critical debates in food studies, practice and policy. By making current practices visible to scholars, the volume speaks to people engaged in the co-creation of knowledge, and documents a crucial point in the evolution of a rapidly expanding and dynamic sustainable food systems movement. Entrenched food insecurity, climate change induced crop failures, rural-urban migration, escalating rates of malnutrition related diseases, and aging farm populations are increasingly common obstacles for communities around the world. Merging private, public and civil society spheres, the book gives voice to actors from across the sustainable food system movement including small businesses, not-for- profits, eaters, farmers and government. Insights into the potential for market restructuring, knowledge sharing, planning and bridging civic-political divides come from across Canada, the United States and Mexico, making this a key resource for policy-makers, students, citizens, and practitioners.
When sharing the book, please use this hashtag: #nourishingcommunities
View the book here.
- Irena Knezevic: https://carleton.ca/sjc/profile/knezevic-irena/
- Alison Blay-Palmer: http://alisonblaypalmer.com/; @blaypalmer
- Charles Levkoe: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/users/L/clevkoe/node/32220; @CharlesLevkoe
- Phil Mount: http://nourishingontario.ca/phil-mount/
- Erin Nelson: http://www.ids.uoguelph.ca/?q=ids-affiliated-faculty/erin-nelson