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A Place for Food Within Sustainable Urban Masterplanning

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The production, transportation, consumption and waste of food has been a “puzzling omission” in urban masterplanning (American Planning Association, introduction, 2007). The need to provide enough food for a growing urban population, which safeguards finite resources and respects the environment, is an urgent challenge.


  • Sustainable Urban Food
  • Puzzling Omission
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Food Bias
  • Food Value Chain

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    Chad is one of the world’s hungriest countries as measured on the International Food Policy Research Institute Global Hunger Map 2015. The 2013 meat adulteration scandal was a scandal in Europe; foods advertised as containing beef were found to contain undeclared or improperly declared horse meat and other meats such as pork.

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    Urban farming relates to the new spatial geometry of urbanisation and sustainable settlements in which the city and the countryside are considered as one space.

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    The proposed epoch which is defined by the impact that humans are having upon ecological systems.

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    Third sector international organisations which work to address inequalities and environmental degradation.

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    A Farrells’ Forum sustainable urban food symposium which was given to an interdisciplinary audience of industry partners.

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    A UK-based project which works towards resilience against peak oil, economic instability and climate change.

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    Practical partnership action by Kenyan Trust Umande with British charity Practical Action.

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    “The most efficient thing to do with food waste is to feed it directly to pigs. Instead we have a hugely inefficient system where pigs are being fed food that humans could otherwise eat.

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    United Nation’s Save-Food programme

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    WRAP is a UK-based non-profit team working to challenge circular economies and resource efficiency. Derambarsh is a Parisian councillor who activated new legislation to stop French supermarket food waste in 2015.

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    The steps in delivering safe nutritious food from the field to the urban consumer, the production, processing and marketing, are all interlinked and should mutually strengthen each other.

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    Baltimore City, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), produced the 2015 Food Environment Map and Report to draw attention to food access patterns in Baltimore City’s neighbourhoods and to assist with policy development and implementation.

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    “By mapping Vancouver’s select physical food assets and correlating them with population density, we can begin to gain a better picture of how access to food assets may vary across different parts of the city.”

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Farrell, B. (2017). A Place for Food Within Sustainable Urban Masterplanning. In: Bishop, J. (eds) Building Sustainable Cities of the Future. Green Energy and Technology. Springer, Cham.

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