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Local Foodscapes: Place and Power in the Agri-Food System

Sonnino, Roberta 2013. Local Foodscapes: Place and Power in the Agri-Food System. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science 63 (S1) , pp. 2-7. 10.1080/09064710.2013.800130

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This article summarizes a decade of research engagement with local food systems, highlighting some key changes in the scholarly perception of their nature and potential. Based on a synthesis of case studies from different countries, the article identifies three key stages that have shaped the research agenda on food re-localizations: (1) an early enthusiasm for the potential of local food networks, which were deemed to embody the environmental and socio-economic objectives of sustainable development; (2) a growing awareness of the fragility of these initiatives, which was followed by the emergence of a powerful critique known as ‘the local trap’; and (3) the recent re-scaling of food policy at the local level, where cities are taking the lead in responding to the current food insecurity crisis. As the article concludes, there is a new research agenda emerging around the role of the multi-level state, the planning system and sustainability research in scaling up and out these governance innovations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: local food, embeddedness, public food systems, urban food governance
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0906-4710
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:05

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