Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 99-106

First online:

Creating space for sustainable food systems: Lessons from the field

  • Gail FeenstraAffiliated withUC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, University of California Email author 

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In response to growing trendsin the current food system toward globalintegration, economic consolidation, andenvironmental degradation, communities haveinitiated alternative, more sustainable foodand agricultural systems. Lessons may now belearned about the development and maintenanceof local, sustainable food systems projects –those that attempt to integrate theenvironmental, economic, and social health oftheir food systems in particular places. Fourkinds of space need to be created and protected– social space, political space, intellectualspace, and economic space. Three importantthemes emerge from these community spaces:public participation, new partnerships, and acommitment to social, economic, andenvironmental justice principles.

Community food security Democratic participation Food policy Local food systems Public scholarship Sustainable agriculture Sustainable food systems