Special Issue "Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture as Reconnective Practices for Sustainable Agrifood Systems"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019) | Viewed by 2339
In the context of developed, ‘Western’ regions, the agriculture and food system is described as highly industrial. Primary food commodities are produced with high external resource inputs; immense processing and transporting around the globe are solely directed by logics of economic efficiency; eating has become a highly passive practice of consuming anonymous convenience products. This incumbent system is encountering ever-increasing criticism. Not only its environmental impacts are condemned, but also the inherent disconnection between the production and consumption of food is questioned. There is a call (and corresponding actions) for a radical transition towards more sustainable agriculture and food practices. A significant part of developing alternatives is based on a reconnection of the spaces of food production and consumption. In that realm, city-connected agriculture—urban as well as peri-urban—is gaining ground. In this Special Issue, we want to explore a) the significance of different practices of city-connected agriculture for the desired reconnection between agriculture and food systems. In particular, we want to consider b) the potential interaction between the still-prevailing mainstream and the upcoming city-connected alternatives: (how) can mutual benefits and co-existence contribute to win–win gains and hence an acceleration in the sustainable development of the entire agriculture and food system?
Dr. Frank Nevens
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- Urban agriculture
- Peri-urban agriculture
- Sustainable agriculture and food