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The Resource Food and the city : urban agriculture and the new food revolution, by Jennifer Cockrall-King

Food and the city : urban agriculture and the new food revolution, by Jennifer Cockrall-King

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Food and the city : urban agriculture and the new food revolution
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Food and the city
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urban agriculture and the new food revolution
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by Jennifer Cockrall-King
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eng
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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 biodiversity, just-in-time delivery, “global summertime” mentality) that, she says, will result in urban food deserts in the face of natural disasters, terrorism, contamination scares, lack of fuel, and inflation. Despite the appearance of unlimited, cheap food, Cockrall-King contends, the era of low prices has peaked as food products are diverted to agro and biofuel production, and Third World suppliers grapple with ecological devastation. In case studies of urban farmers and beekeepers stretching from London and Paris to Canada and the U.S., she reports on the growth of green markets and gardens and vineyards on rooftops, by roadsides, and in abandoned lots and community plots. Of particular note is her chapter on Cuba, which became a food desert in the 1990s after it lost financial backing from the U.S.S.R. and is now a model for urban agriculture. Despite her dire predictions for health and food security, Cockrall-King provides ample proof of city dwellers who have taken steps toward self-sufficiency by growing their food close to home. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 7, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 45, p)
  • In 2008, the United Nations announced that for the first time in human history the majority of people in the world lived in cities. Today, many government leaders are grappling with the issue of food security for urban populations. In this book, Canadian freelance food journalist Cockrall-King focuses on urban agriculture as a constructive alternative to industrialized agriculture and the globalized food industry. She visits some of the movement's pioneers in cities like Paris, Toronto, Detroit, and Havana. While Cockrall-King does an admirable job of introducing us to some of the major players in urban agriculture today, her attempts to vilify industrialized agriculture come across as biased and shrill. She does best simply documenting the trend toward urban agriculture, rather than analyzing its political roots and implications. VERDICT Full of inspirational stories about people and places on the cutting edge of urban agriculture, this book will motivate you to plant tomatoes on your balcony. For a more personal take on the trend, check out Novella Carpenter's memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer .— Kelsy Peterson, Prairie Village, KS --Kelsy Peterson (Reviewed February 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 22, p82)
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Cockrall-King, Jennifer
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363.8
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index present
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S494.5.U72
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C63 2011
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non fiction
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  • Urban agriculture
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urban agriculture and the new food revolution
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Food and the city : urban agriculture and the new food revolution, by Jennifer Cockrall-King
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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The facade of the modern grocery store -- Industrial food -- Industrial eaters -- A world in food crisis -- The new food movement and the rise of urban agriculture -- Paris: the roots of modern urban agriculture -- London, capital growth -- Southern California and Los Angeles: a tale of two farms -- Vancouver: Canada's left coast -- Toronto: Cabbagetown 2.0 -- Milwaukee: growing a social revolution -- Detroit: praying for an economic revolution -- Chicago: the vertical farm -- Cuba: urban agriculture on a national scale -- Conclusion: greening and eating our cities
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842167
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9781616144586
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2011041554
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(Sirsi) i9781616144586
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Food and the city : urban agriculture and the new food revolution, by Jennifer Cockrall-King
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
The facade of the modern grocery store -- Industrial food -- Industrial eaters -- A world in food crisis -- The new food movement and the rise of urban agriculture -- Paris: the roots of modern urban agriculture -- London, capital growth -- Southern California and Los Angeles: a tale of two farms -- Vancouver: Canada's left coast -- Toronto: Cabbagetown 2.0 -- Milwaukee: growing a social revolution -- Detroit: praying for an economic revolution -- Chicago: the vertical farm -- Cuba: urban agriculture on a national scale -- Conclusion: greening and eating our cities
Control code
842167
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pages cm
Isbn
9781616144586
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2011041554
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9781616144586

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