Food and the City

Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Food and the City
Discusses how urban agriculture can help revolutionize the environmentally unsustainable modern food industry, providing evidence of thriving urban farms within "food deserts" and describing the global movement towards alternative food production.

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012
ISBN: 1616144580
Branch Call Number: 363.8 C6666f 2012
Characteristics: 372 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm


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Sep 22, 2013
  • CatherineLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Food and the City is about the growing trend toward urban agriculture and the new revolution in locally grown food. This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking responsibility for their own food security. Award-winning food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with a dearth of local food options. She found that people are growing their own food in London, Paris, Havana and New York. It is a global movement as an alternative to the modern supermarket model. Gardens and other growing spaces have been created in cities by creative people: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, front yards and along the road. This book is a detailed look at a new food movement toward the old local economies of scale, a statement against the industrial food factory farms, and a reclaiming of communities and individuals to grow, distribute, and feed themselves locally. Readers who aspire to their own “victory garden” or have a little front-yard raised bed will truly enjoy this book.

Sep 14, 2012

Jennifer Cockrall-King will be at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park on October 27th, 2012. From 10 am-12 noon she will be presenting a LitFest workshop entitled "Social Media, Brand Building and the Writer." Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and can be purchased at the library now or at the door on Oct 27th. More info here:

Jun 14, 2012
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great around the world tour of the latest initiatives by cities(Paris, Toronto, Chicago!, Milwaukee, etc.) to increase their food security. Good introduction to the new language and thinking about growing good food for city folk to eat.

Highly Recommended. Will certainly get you thinking. Has a good section in the back of websites and other resources for additional research and learning. If you've been following Michael Pollan or Barbara Kingsolver on food issues, this is a must read.

Feb 28, 2012
  • cmm740 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have never been more excited to plant a garden! In a sea of pretty depressing books regarding the future of our food, this book is a refreshing positive look at the possible alternatives. I would highly recommend checking this one out!


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