Imagining Sustainable Food Systems – Free Chapter

I was fortunate to be asked to contribute to Alison Blay-Palmer’s new book, Imagining Sustainable Food Systems. It’s a terrific read — I encourage you to pick it up. For a sample of what you might expect, you can download my chapter for free.

A review of the book appeared in the May 2011 issue of CHOICE magazine (

Imagining Sustainable Food Systems is a thought-provoking collection of articles that resulted from a workshop of the same name held in Waterloo, Canada, in 2008. The book is divided into three sections. The opening chapters define sustainability and frame the problems associated with both current and sustainable food systems. The middle section is devoted to a discussion of inclusion and exclusion in current sustainable food systems. The final section presents a number of case studies and examples of sustainable food system projects from Canada, the US, and the UK. The contributors have backgrounds in social science, economics, local government, and industry, and as a result bring a wide range of perspectives to the discussion. Though the quality of the articles varies somewhat, most are excellent. Given the authors’ backgrounds, the articles focus on policy and social science. For a discussion of the literature and related policy of the production aspects of food systems, see the National Research Council’s Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century (CH, Feb’11, 48-3269). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals/practitioners, and policy makers.

– J. R. Reeve, Utah State University

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