Agriculture and Human Values has a virtual issue on the topic of “perspectives on local food systems.” This is a collection of 12 articles previously published in the journal on a common theme and made available with free access on the journal’s website (here). I don’t know how long the collection of articles will stay up, but it is a nice set.
Here is my online introduction to the essay collection:
Local food systems are all the rage. Consumers are flocking to farmers markets, which are sprouting up in urban and rural areas. Agriculturally-minded persons are organizing community gardens and urban agricultural projects between, within and even on top of city structures. Social entrepreneurs, scholars, policymakers and farmers are working together and are using alternative food networks as a response to a host of opportunities and challenges in contemporary agricultural systems. Given this context, academic research on alternative food networks focuses on many issues, as evidenced by the breadth and diversity of topics published in Agriculture and Human Values. However, one theme has generated considerable attention among scholars: what do we mean by “local” food systems and is an emphasis on “local” important, necessary or sufficient for a food system?
Over the years, Agriculture and Human Values has published many papers dealing with issues relating to “local” food systems. The collection of papers in this virtual issue of the journal provides a sampling of perspectives and commentary on this topic. In particular, DeLind (2011) and Scharber and Dancs (2016) introduce various critiques and challenges to local food systems. Schnell (2013), Trivette (2015) and Schupp (2016) explore different definitions and geographies of what local means. Trivette (2017), Albrecht and Smithers (2017) and Papaoikonomou and Ginieis (2017) consider how and why local food systems have value over other food systems structures. Cleveland, et al. (2015) and Laforge, et al. (2017) write about governance issues relating to local food provisioning. Finally, Mount (2012) and Clark and Inwood (2016) examine the possibility and challenges of scaling up various aspects of local food systems.
Here is the collection of papers:
- DeLind, 2011, “Are local food and the local food movement taking us where we want to go? Or are we hitching our wagons to the wrong stars?”
- Scharber and Dancs, 2016, “Do locavores have a dilemma? Economic discourse and the local food critique”
- Schnell, 2013, “Food miles, local eating, and community supported agriculture: putting local food in its place”
- Trivette, 2015, “How local is local? Determining the boundaries of local food in practice” https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10460-014-9566-7
- Schupp, 2016, “Just where does local food live? Assessing farmers’ markets in the United States”
- Trivette, 2017, “Invoices on scraps of paper: trust and reciprocity in local food systems”
- Albrecht and Smithers, 2017, “Reconnecting through local food initiatives? Purpose, practice and conceptions of ‘value’
- Papaoikonomou and Ginieis, 2017, “Putting the farmer’s face on food: governance and the producer–consumer relationship in local food systems”
- Cleveland, et al, 2015, “Operationalizing local food: Goals, actions, and indicators for alternative food systems”
- Laforge, et al, 2017, “Governments, grassroots, and the struggle for local food systems: containing, coopting, contesting and collaborating”
- Mount, 2012, “Growing local food: scale and local food systems governance”
- Clark and Inwood, 2016, “Scaling-up regional fruit and vegetable distribution: potential for adaptive change in the food system”