Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution (Paperback)

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More than just a niche concern of a few activists, urban agriculture is a global movement that cuts across the private and public sectors, economic classes, and cultures. This title examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their supply chains and growing food within city limits.

About the Author

Jennifer Cockrall-King is an award-winning food journalist whose work has appeared in the "Chicago Sun-Times," the" National Post," "Canadian Geographic, Maclean's," and other major publications. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where she founded and runs the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers Workshop. Visit Jennifer online at and, and on Twitter @jennifer_ck.

Praise For…

"All over the world I’ve watched urban dwellers begin to figure out that they can start growing food, too. It’s one of the loveliest trends on earth, and Jennifer Cockrall-King does a fine job of capturing its tremendous growth."
-BILL MCKIBBEN, Author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Today’s industrial food systems are unsustainable and harmful to communities all over the world. This insightful book delves deeply into the problems and solutions that will come to define food in the years ahead."
-CHEF MICHAEL SMITH, Author and Food Network (Canada) host

"It seems that all the slick, trendy publications, sites, and bloggers have recently discovered the idea of urban agriculture. As Cockrall-King points out, this is not a new movement at all. Quietly, many communities have encouraged growing food in the city as a way both to produce delicious, unprocessed food and to help foster an environmental awareness and ethos. This book is full of great examples and resources for city dwellers. After reading it you’ll want to round up your neighbors and start planting!"
-JOHN ASH, James Beard Award–winning author and chef

"At a time when most of us strive to reconnect with the source of our food, Cockrall-King delves straight to the root of our food systems, bringing to light the potential of small-scale urban agriculture to feed the masses. She makes a global issue seem manageable by citing actions of self-sufficiency—from community gardens to backyard bees, our collective steps toward sustainability are transforming our relationship with the food on our plates."
-JULIE VAN ROSENDAA, Cookbook author, TV host, and blogger at

"Cockrall-King makes a compelling and inspiring case that small-scale, urban farming may be the key to fixing our broken industrialized food system."
-BARRY ESTABROOK, Author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616144586
ISBN-10: 1616144580
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: March 27th, 2012
Pages: 372
Language: English

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