Avoiding the Local Trap: Scale and Food Systems in Planning Research

Publisher: Journal of Planning Education and Research

Author(s): Born, Branden, Purcell, Mark

Document Type: Peer-reviewed article

Format: Electronic, Print

Free of cost: No


This article encourages food systems advocates to move away from the misguided notion that local food systems are superior to larger scale food systems. The article asserts that outcomes such as sustainability or justice are a result of the actions of stakeholders and the content of agendas and not the scale of the food system itself. The authors apply scale theory as adopted from the realm of geography as a justification for their argument.

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Growing Food Connection Topic: community food connections

Main Food Topics: food distribution, food marketing, food system, scale theory

Sub Food Topics: buy local

Public Policy Topics:

Geographic Scale: Nation

Local government or Regional resource focus:

Does the resource address the food security needs of underserved populations in rural, suburban, or urban settings? NO