Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution
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A global movement to take back our food is developing. The future of farming is in our hands—and in our cities.This book examines alternative meals systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their meals chains, increasing meals within their city limits, and taking their \"meals security\" into their personal hands. The author, an award-winning meals journalist, sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with \"food deserts.\" What she located was not just a niche concern of activists but a international movement that cuts across the private and public spheres, economic classes, and cultures. She describes a international movement happening from London and Paris to Vancouver and New York to establish alternatives to the monolithic globally integrated supermarket model. A cadre of forward-seeking, revolutionary individuals has produced growing spaces in cities: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, along roadways, and even in \"vertical farms.\" No matter whether it’s a neighborhood public orchard supplying the wants of local residents or an urban farm that has reclaimed a derelict inner city lot to develop and sell premium industry veggies to restaurant chefs, the urban meals revolution is clearly underway and functioning.This book is an thrilling, fascinating chronicle of a game-changing movement, a rebellion against the industrial meals behemoth, and a reclaiming of communities to grow, distribute, and consume locally.
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