Ladner, P: The Urban Food Revolution

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Planning cities as if food matters
PrefaceBook is about how cities in the developed world can be better planned, zoned, built, expanded, from the point of view of massively increasing local food production, storage, processing and equitable distribution.ChapterWhy local food production matters (world food shortages, peak oil, limitations of industrial agriculture, global heating, seafood depletion, urban poverty, healthier/fresher diet...)ChapterRural/urban land use has to change (suburban sprawl pitfalls, greenbelts, agricultural reserves, urban agriculture, biodiversity squeeze, lawn sprawl) ChapterBest examples of urban and suburban zoning, land use bylaws and other policies that increase food production (community gardens, allotments, rooftops, greenhouse policies, edible landscapes, livestock...)ChapterIncreasing food production on peri-urban lands: beyond just protecting farmland (incentives to stimulate food production)ChapterIncome generation: Making agricultural urbanism pay (for everyone involved, not just the growers-and still keep food affordable)ChapterLogistical, commercial, social and educational infrastructure for agricultural urbanism (roads, irrigation, warehouses, courses, storage, credit, growers' co-ops...) ChapterUrban uncontainment: Case studies in blurring the physical urban/rural boundary while protecting farmland and natural habitat (also finding a place for vertical farms, urban livestock, aquaculture)ChapterThe new partnerships: Case studies in blurring the cultural rural/urban boundary (community supported agriculture, students in the fields, Slow Food, agri-tourism...)ChapterEngaging the community in who gets to eat (Food banks, community kitchens, institutions with gardens...)ChapterState, federal and international policies that matter (trade agreements, health care cost concerns, food security policies, poverty reduction programs, stemming obesity and diabetes...)Appendix: ResourcesWeb links to case studies, regions, NGOs, cities, leaders...IndexAbout the Author

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