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Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems

Jessica Duncan

This handbook includes contributions from established and emerging scholars from around the world and draws on multiple approaches and subjects to explore the socio-economic, cultural, ecological, institutional, legal, and policy aspects of regenerative food practices.

The future of food is uncertain. We are facing an overwhelming number of interconnected and complex challenges related to the ways we grow, distribute, access, eat, and dispose of food. Yet, there are stories of hope and opportunities for radical change towards food systems that enhance the ability of living things to co-evolve. Given this, activities and imaginaries looking to improve, rather than just sustain, communities and ecosystems are needed, as are fresh perspectives and new terminology. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems addresses this need. The chapters cover diverse practices, geographies, scales, and entry-points. They focus not only on the core requirements to deliver sustainable agriculture and food supply, but go beyond this to think about how these can also actively participate with social-ecological systems. The book is presented in an accessible way, with reflection questions meant to spark discussion and debate on how to transition to safe, just, and healthy food systems. Taken together, the chapters in this handbook highlight the consequences of current food practices and showcase the multiple ways that people are doing food differently.

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems is essential reading for students and scholars interested in food systems, governance and practices, agroecology, rural sociology, and socio-environmental studies.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: May 31st, 2023
  • Pages: 478
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.69in - 6.85in - 0.96in - 1.72lb
  • EAN: 9781032570396
  • Categories: Sociology - RuralIndustries - GeneralEcology

About the Author

Jessica Duncan is an Associate Professor in the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Michael Carolan is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, USA.

Johannes S.C. Wiskerke is Professor and Chair of the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Praise for this book

"The Routledge Handbook for Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems brings together the different dimensions of food in a comprehensive manner. It provides new insights for regenerating our broken food systems while making clear the role that care, pleasure, cultures, people and the planet play in this. A different way to approach alternative food systems and practices under the regenerative umbrella where sharing, caring and commoning play a central role. Definitely a must read for those willing to imagine thriving food futures." -- Dr Marta Rivera Ferre, Director, Agroecology and Food Systems Chair, UNESCO Chair Women, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, Catalonia

"There is an unprecedented consensus that a deep reform of food systems is needed. However, a shared vision on how to get the reform done does not exist yet. This Handbook - providing a coherent set of principles, theory and evidence - addresses this gap. It is an essential resource for researchers, policy makers and civil society to build visions and practices for transition." -- Professor Gianluca Brunori, Professor of Food Policy, University of Pisa, Italy

"The Routledge Handbook for Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems brings together the different dimensions of food in a comprehensive manner. It provides new insights for regenerating our broken food systems while making clear the role that care, pleasure, cultures, people and the planet play in this. A different way to approach alternative food systems and practices under the regenerative umbrella where sharing, caring and commoning play a central role. Definitely a must read for those willing to imagine thriving food futures." -- Dr Marta Rivera Ferre, Director, Agroecology and Food Systems Chair, UNESCO Chair Women, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, Catalonia

"There is an unprecedented consensus that a deep reform of food systems is needed. However, a shared vision on how to get the reform done does not exist yet. This Handbook - providing a coherent set of principles, theory and evidence - addresses this gap. It is an essential resource for researchers, policy makers and civil society to build visions and practices for transition." -- Professor Gianluca Brunori, Professor of Food Policy, University of Pisa, Italy

"This comprehensive volume includes the voices of nearly 50 global scholars, researchers, and thought leaders in fields as diverse as agriculture, political ecology, nutrition, human geography, and development. It offers a broad view of this multidimensional field of study while building the paradigm for studying systems that are sustainable and regenerative. While sustainability involves considerations of social equity, human welfare, intergenerational justice, and the maintenance of a natural resource base, this work pushes beyond the mere maintenance of systems toward building and regenerating ecosystems, communities, and cultures. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals."
CHOICE, S. P. Duffy, Quinnipiac University

"Chapters from this book are suitable for undergraduate and graduate audiences and any>one trying to better understand contemporary shifts in ideas for improving food systems. As a whole, the book is an impressive compendium that will help readers understand how the con>cept of regeneration is infiltrating and re-invig>orating thinking about food systems sustain>ability."

Molly D. Anderson, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development