Food and the City by Jennifer Cockrall-King
Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution

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A global movement to take back our food is growing. The future of farming is in our hands—and in our cities.

This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking their "food security" into their own hands. The author, an award-winning food journalist, sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with "food deserts." What she found was not just a niche concern of activists but a global movement that cuts across the private and public spheres, economic classes, and cultures.

She describes a global movement happening from London and Paris to Vancouver and New York to establish alternatives to the monolithic globally integrated supermarket model. A cadre of forward-looking, innovative people has created growing spaces in cities: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, along roadways, and even in "vertical farms." Whether it’s a community public orchard supplying the needs of local residents or an urban farm that has reclaimed a derelict inner city lot to grow and sell premium market veggies to restaurant chefs, the urban food revolution is clearly underway and working.

This book is an exciting, fascinating chronicle of a game-changing movement, a rebellion against the industrial food behemoth, and a reclaiming of communities to grow, distribute, and eat locally.


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About Jennifer Cockrall-King

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Jennifer Cockrall-King is an award-winning food journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Post, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, and other major publications. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where she founded and runs the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop. Visit Jennifer online at www.foodgirl.ca and www.facebook.com/FoodandtheCity, and on Twitter @jennifer_ck.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Prometheus Books. 375 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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With this incisive study of the urban farming movement, Canadian food writer Cockrall-King identifies weak links in complex global food chains supplying supersized retailers (e.g., narrowing biodivers

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Washington Independent Review of Books

“Just before I send plates out, I squeeze the potato, rice and vegetable sides out of the plastic bags they’re heated in — the plastic … typically degrades in the heat and flakes out onto the food, and I wipe what I can off the plate — and push it down the line.” While McMillan’s peek behind the...

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Portland Book Review

Yet, Mark Reinfeld presents many more not-so-common and mainly Western European recipes with the last chapter ending with 26 assorted recipes from Eastern Europe.

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Portland Book Review

This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking responsibility for their own food security.

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Monsters and Critics

When you\'re standing in the midst of a supermarket, it\'s hard to imagine that you\'re looking at a failing industrial food system.

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