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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 96; doi:10.3390/su9010096

Food Production and Consumption: City Regions between Localism, Agricultural Land Displacement, and Economic Competitiveness

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, via G. Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
Institute of Socio-Economics, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Eberswalder Straße 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen UR, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikareva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Centre for Agroecology Water & Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 29 November 2016 / Revised: 30 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 January 2017 / Published: 11 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue City Region Foodscapes)
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In the wider debate on urban resilience and metabolism, food-related aspects have gained increasing importance. At the same time, urban agro-food systems in city regions are facing major challenges with regard to often limited domestic supplies, resource-intensive producer–consumer relationships, and the competition for low-price products via global food chains. In this sense, novel methods for coupling local and global processes are required to better understand the underlying mechanisms between the above factors. Exploring the relationship between food supply and demand, this study presents a set of suitable fact-finding tools that are introduced and applied in a comparative study of five European city regions. The methodological framework, by introducing and combining economic-based indexes, aims at overcoming limits and gaps identified by means of a literature review. The model will explicitly address the main features of the regional agro-food systems by managing information on the capacities and opportunities of local agriculture to adequately respond to food demand, as well as by providing insights on the interconnections among localism, global competitiveness of agricultural sectors, and land use change. View Full-Text
Keywords: metropolitan areas; urban agro-food systems; land displacement; economic model; localism metropolitan areas; urban agro-food systems; land displacement; economic model; localism

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Monaco, F.; Zasada, I.; Wascher, D.; Glavan, M.; Pintar, M.; Schmutz, U.; Mazzocchi, C.; Corsi, S.; Sali, G. Food Production and Consumption: City Regions between Localism, Agricultural Land Displacement, and Economic Competitiveness. Sustainability 2017, 9, 96.

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