Book Review: Urban Food Planning. Seeds of Transition in the Global North

Rosita T. Ilieva, Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North, Routledge: London, 2016, pp. xviii + 267. ISBN 9781138998483, £88.99 (Hbk)

Reviewer: Giles O’Donovan, PhD Candidate, University of Aberdeen, UK

When introducing urban food planning, Rosita Ilieva immediately acknowledges the vast landscape of research in the field, noting the ‘complexity’ and ‘mindboggling diversity’ (xiii) of initiatives related to food and urban planning. Due to this complexity, she seeks to “take the pulse of urban food planning as an evolving practice and domain of practices” (xiii), providing an overview of current approaches to urban food planning, and highlighting its achievements and opportunities for further development by different actors in the planning community. Case studies from the global north were chosen because ‘rich’ cities have significant local and global impacts that are often undervalued. This approach argues that there are many areas that need to be further developed, especially those operating within distinct economic, governmental or environmental constraints. This aligns with other research in the field that notes the need for greater consideration of food in urban planning (c.f., Morgan 2015). Continue reading “Book Review: Urban Food Planning. Seeds of Transition in the Global North”

Book Review: Feeding cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience

Book Review: Bosso, C. (Ed.). (2017).  Feeding cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience, Routledge, New York, ISBN:978-1-138-64725-1, 196 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

Reviewed by: Roxana Maria Triboi, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban planning, Bucharest, Romania

Food scandals, increasing urbanization, the mounting evidence of environmental impact from intensive agricultural practices, and other factors in the last two decades have shifted the discussion on food from urgency and hunger in the Global South toward questions of ethics, sustainability and resilience in the Global North. How these considerations of the crisis of “modern” food and agricultural systems have commutated from global to local concerns and interventions (e.g. the shift from increased productivity to ‘community resilience’) is of central concern for Christopher Bosso in his book “Feeding the cities: Ethical and Policy Issues in Urban Food Systems”. This publication is based on the results of a workshop at the Northeastern University of Boston. This volume gathers cutting-edge papers on topics related to food system vulnerabilities, challenges and best practices from different perspectives: social, ecological, political and ethical in the United States exclusively, approaching some aspects of present-day food safety and food security concerns over global food system practices. Continue reading “Book Review: Feeding cities: Improving local food access, security, and resilience”

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