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Let's Think About Water for Earth Day

This idea might seem all wet to some people, but I’d like to propose on Earth Day that we make a top priority of making water’s links to food, environment and city issues more dramatic, more front-and-centre, and more spirited and spiritual.

Pandemonium and City Food Security

I supervised a university-level food studies class last week that, partly by design and partly by sheer accident, gave me some new insights into the challenges of city-oriented food security policy.

Pinning Big Hopes on Small Food Policy

The global pattern of nation states’ persistent neglect of the world’s most pressing issues is the unstated background to today’s precedent-breaking discussions about cities and food.

It's the Food Economy, Stupid!

If we grew the oats we should eat for breakfast or baking, we would plant 25000 more hectares in oats that would generate 241 new jobs and $3.8 million in taxes...but it might cause a decline in sales of laxatives...

New Equations of Regions, People, Nature and Food Chains

We usually think of geologists as going deep, but when it comes to working through the layers of meaning behind local food, geographer Terry Marsden knows how to dig very deep.

How to Grow a Local Job-Rich Economy

At a time when huge debates are raging over all the subsidies required by the 1 per cent of the business elite, Michael Shuman is working to shift public attention to the other, ultimately more positive, side of the picture...

How to Plan a Food Snowball

One of many problems caused by global warming is that fewer people know what it means to say something “snowballs.” How will people understand how food works?

Food in a Not Too Distant Future

For the last few months, I’ve been working closely with three very different groups, each keen to hitch their wagon to a regional food system.

Taking the Pulse of a New Food Trend

This year, the United Nations calls for a global celebration of pulses. Beans are no longer has-beans.

Bigger than Both of Us

The region, or foodshed, is the right level of analysis for self-reliance (which the authors wisely distinguish from self-sufficiency.
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