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)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Frank Nevens

Ghent University, Faculty of Applied Biosciences
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Interests: sustainable development; agriculture and food; short food supply chains; urban agriculture; peri-urban agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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  • Urban agriculture
  • Peri-urban agriculture
  • Sustainable agriculture and food
  • (Re)localisation

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Eating Hamburgers Slowly and Sustainably: The Fast Food Market in North-West Italy
Agriculture 2019, 9(4), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9040077
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 11 April 2019 / Accepted: 12 April 2019 / Published: 17 April 2019
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The Italian food movement shows some peculiarities of meeting consumer demand in the foodservice subsector where innovation is considered strategic to meet targets and reach goals. A particular kind of innovation is the return to tradition by enhancement of the territory, e.g., reinstating [...] Read more.
The Italian food movement shows some peculiarities of meeting consumer demand in the foodservice subsector where innovation is considered strategic to meet targets and reach goals. A particular kind of innovation is the return to tradition by enhancement of the territory, e.g., reinstating local recipes and local gastronomy or high-quality local raw materials. Some entrepreneurs are redefining the fast-food service, providing foodstuffs through a short supply chain. The aim of this paper is to identify the different hamburger foodservices operating in North-West Italy and address their diverse peculiarities. A sample of 11 hamburger restaurants was identified, a mystery shopping analysis was implemented to collect information on the foodservice phenomenon, and a Business Model Canvas was carried out to compare different foodservices. The results consider two different hamburger foodservices, i.e., International Hamburger Foodservice (IHF) and Local Hamburger Foodservice (LHF), the former concentrating mainly on customer service, human resource management, and operations management, and the latter focussing on high product quality in terms of materials and psychology, plus selection of local raw materials and ingredients, supporting the local economy and businesses. Moreover, the findings provide some information on the interaction between selected Hamburger Foodservices and related supply chains, highlighting the consumer transition toward meals of high quality standards in terms of raw materials and ingredients. Full article

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