With super grocery stores on every suburban street corner, and the attention weekend farmer’s markets get in the summer, it’s hard to believe we are looking at a failing industrial food system. In Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King (Prometheus Books, February 2012), the award-winning food writer details the solution: Urban agriculture.
By examining alternative food systems in cities around the globe, including Paris, London, New York, Vancouver and Detroit, Cockrall-King said these are just a few of the places that are shortening their food chains, growing food within the city limits, and taking their “food security” into their own hands. What the author found was not just a small concern, but a global fear across all walks of society. Throughout the book, leaders from the urban-agriculture movement successfully communicate how to deal with “food deserts”. The solution appears to be simple. These forward-looking, innovative people have created growing spaces in concrete jungles: On rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, along roadways, and even in “vertical farms”.
Food and the City is proof that the urban food revolution is clearly underway and working. It is an exciting time for this game-changing movement, as educated foodies rebel against industrial food processes and reclaim growing communities, while learning how to re-distribute properly and eat locally.
Review by Michelle Blackley, editor of Edible Buffalo