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There is enormous current interest in urban food systems, with a wide array of policies and initiatives intended to increase food security, decrease ecological impacts, and improve public health. This volume is a cross-disciplinary and applied approach to urban food system sustainability, health, and equity.

The contributions are from researchers working on social, economic, political, and ethical issues associated with food systems. Its focus is on the analysis of and lessons obtained from specific experiences relevant to local food systems, such as tapping urban farmers' markets to address issues of food access and public health, and use of zoning to restrict the density of fast food restaurants with the aim of reducing obesity rates. Other topics considered include building a local food business to address the twin problems of economic and nutritional distress, developing ways to reduce food waste and improve food access in poor urban neighborhoods, and asking whether the many and diverse hopes for urban agriculture are justified.

The chapters show that it is critical to conduct research on existing efforts to determine what works and to develop best practices in pursuit of sustainable and socially just urban food systems. The main examples discussed are from the United States, but the issues are applicable internationally.

Publisher: ROUTLEDGE in association with GSE Research

Preliminary Material
pp. i-xiii(13)
Author: Bosso, Christopher

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What you want, when you want it?
pp. 1-8(8)
Author: Bosso, Christopher

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Food security as a human rights issue
pp. 11-24(14)
Author: Raponi, Sandra

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Population density, poverty, and food retail access in the United States1,2
pp. 25-40(16)
Authors: Wilde, Parke; Llobrera, Joseph; Ver Ploeg, Michele

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Super-sized strategies for improved health
pp. 41-58(18)
Authors: Nelson, Bakeyah; Banks, Karen

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From food access to food justice
pp. 59-75(17)
Authors: Shostak, Sara; Blum, Janaki; Mancini, Chris; Oliveira, Luisa; Robinson, Lisa; Satin-Hernandez, Erica

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Farm to home
pp. 76-92(17)
Authors: Ismail, Mehreen; Cuite, Cara

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What grows in East New York
pp. 95-112(18)
Authors: Daftary-Steel, Sarita; Porter, Christine M.; Gervais, Suzanne; Vigil, David; Marshall, Daryl

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Feeding community
pp. 113-128(16)
Authors: Freake, Hedley; Godfrey, Phoebe

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Developing a food system-sensitive methodology to transform food “waste,” create new food businesses, and address hunger in urban communities
pp. 129-148(20)
Authors: O’Donnell, Thomas H.; Deutsch, Jonathan; Yungmann, Cathy; Zeitz, Alexandra; Katz, Solomon H.

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Food safety and the emergency food supply chain
pp. 151-166(16)
Authors: Chaifetz, Ashley; Chapman, Benjamin

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Creating a resilience assessment framework for urban food systems
pp. 167-186(20)
Authors: Zeuli, Kimberly; Nijhuis, Austin

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Supplementary Material
pp. 187-196(10)
Author: Bosso, Christopher

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