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Urban Food Strategy in the Making: Context, Conventions and Contestations

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Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Università di Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Department of Sociology and Social Research, Università di Trento, 38122 Trento, Italy
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University Center C3A, Center Agriculture Food Environment, Università di Trento, 38122 Trento, Italy
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Academic Editor: John J. Maurer
Agriculture 2021, 11(2), 177; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11020177
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 9 February 2021 / Accepted: 13 February 2021 / Published: 21 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Food Systems in Italy: Policies, Movements and Markets)
Contemporary food systems face several paradoxes regarding equity and sustainability. Considering food production—an issue that simultaneously affects both the supply (production) and demand (consumption) sides—several cities have begun to implement new strategies, called Urban Food Policies. These approaches aim to address the various challenges presented by food system failures, while also involving the existing network of grassroot initiatives. For this reason, these have established Food Policy Councils, arenas where institutions can engage with supply chain actors and food activists, deciding through the processes of participatory democracy their Urban Food Strategies. This article investigates the evolution of a new Urban Food Strategy in a middle-sized Italian town, Trento. Despite a growing number of case studies discussing the promises and problematic aspects of UFS, empirical research and analysis tend to overlook the role of the context in which these processes are embedded and how the system of political, economic, cultural, and environmental opportunities weigh upon the success of these policies. The paper draws upon a multi-method qualitative approach combining in-depth interviews, document analysis, and direct observations of the construction process of an Urban Food Strategy for the city of Trento. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban food policy; urban food strategy; food policy council; food supply chain; cooperativism urban food policy; urban food strategy; food policy council; food supply chain; cooperativism
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Andreola, M.; Pianegonda, A.; Favargiotti, S.; Forno, F. Urban Food Strategy in the Making: Context, Conventions and Contestations. Agriculture 2021, 11, 177. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11020177

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Andreola M, Pianegonda A, Favargiotti S, Forno F. Urban Food Strategy in the Making: Context, Conventions and Contestations. Agriculture. 2021; 11(2):177. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11020177

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Andreola, Mattia, Angelica Pianegonda, Sara Favargiotti, and Francesca Forno. 2021. "Urban Food Strategy in the Making: Context, Conventions and Contestations" Agriculture 11, no. 2: 177. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11020177

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