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)
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